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South Korea Unveils ‘Active’ Nuclear Deterrence Plan

RIA Novosti

08:47 01/04/2013 MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - South Korea's defense ministry unveiled Monday a new plan of "active deterrence," allowing it to preemptively strike its northern neighbor if any sign of an imminent nuclear or missile attack is detected, Yonhap reported on Monday.

The plan was unveiled by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin during an annual policy briefing to President Park Geun-hye amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The minister said the military “will build an attack system to swiftly neutralize North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, while significantly improving our military's surveillance and reconnaissance capability."

The ministry is also set to deploy its "kill chain" missile defense system ahead of schedule. The system, capable of detecting, targeting and destroying North Korean nuclear and missile targets, was due to be launched in 2015.

Tensions between the West and North Korea reached new heights after Pyongyang threatened to unleash military action this week in response to drills by thousands of US and South Korean troops across the border that were intended as a show of force.

The South Korean president said on Monday that her country would “take decisive measures in case of any provocation from the North, regardless of political consequences.”

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