As part of its largest Armed Forces Day event in ten years on Tuesday, South Korea marched thousands of troops and a variety of weapons capable of striking North Korea through its capital, and its president vowed to strengthen the military to counter any provocations from the North.
There are rising worries that North Korea is asking Russia for assistance in building up its nuclear arsenal in exchange for providing Moscow with conventional weapons that are worn out from its conflict with Ukraine.
At the conclusion of the ceremony in a prominent Seoul square, President Yoon Suk Yeol addressed the cheering soldiers and said, “After seeing your imposing march today, I believe our people would trust you and have faith in our national security.” “I’ll always stand by you and our people.”
Earlier, in the midst of persistent autumn rains, South Korea moved tanks, artillery systems, drones, and powerful ballistic missiles capable of striking all of North Korea through Seoul’s streets.
In the first such military march since 2013, over 4,000 South Korean soldiers carrying rifles or flags followed them, joined by about 300 American soldiers. Yoon waved, cheered, and raised his hand in approval as the troops and their weapons passed.
He has been working tirelessly to strengthen South Korea’s defense capabilities since assuming office last year, while also increasing joint military exercises with the US in response to North Korea’s developing nuclear weapons.
Show of Strength as South Korea Holds First Military Parade in a Decade
The Armed Forces Day parade will feature 7K troops, including 🇺🇸 service members.
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