(LEAD) JCS chairman calls for robust defense posture in Seoul metropolitan area

SEOUL, – Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Kim Myung-soo called Tuesday for a strong defense posture in the Seoul metropolitan area to fend off threats posed by North Korea’s provocations.

In the latest in a series of troop visits since taking office last month, Kim inspected the Capital Defense Command, which is in charge of defending the capital with a population of about 10 million, and an air defense unit.

Kim urged the command to draw up comprehensive defense operation procedures to effectively defend the capital, which is within range of the North’s short-range missile and artillery attacks.

During his visit to an air defense unit, Kim ordered heightened vigilance against potential drone infiltrations from North Korea.

“I want you to carry out missions with determination for tracking and shooting down the enemy’s drones without fail,” Kim was quoted as saying.

In December 2022, five North Korean drones intruded across the inter-Korean border, with one of them having penetrated a no-fly zone close to the office of President Yoon Suk Yeol. In September, the South Korean military established a drone operations command to step up readiness against drone incursions.

Source: Yonhap News Agency