SKorea to get more weapons amid NKorean threat

AP News
Posted: Mar 08, 2011 3:09 AM
SKorea to get more weapons amid NKorean threat

South Korea says it will deploy more fighter jets, helicopters, artillery and advanced spy aircraft to better prepare for potential attacks by North Korea.

The plans are among a package of measures announced Tuesday aimed at building a stronger, more efficient army in the wake of the sinking of a South Korean warship and North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island last year.

Fifty South Koreans were killed.

Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin says the attacks left the South Koreans with "enormous shocks and scars" but gave the military a chance to review its readiness to North Korean provocation.

Other measures include streamlining the top military brass and creating a joint military command tasked with defending front-line islands.