South Korean Defense Minister Urges Readiness for ‘Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation’ Operations

Daejeon, South Korea – South Korea's Defense Minister Shin Won-sik emphasized the need for operational readiness to counter North Korea's nuclear threats, particularly by maintaining capabilities to neutralize North Korean leadership if necessary.

According to Yonhap News Agency, During his visit to the Agency for Defense Development in Daejeon, located 139 kilometers south of Seoul, Shin underscored the importance of the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) operations. This statement comes shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared his readiness for war with the South. According to the ministry, Shin highlighted the need to be perpetually prepared for KMPR to deter North Korea's nuclear provocations.

The KMPR is a strategic plan aimed at incapacitating the North Korean leadership in the event of a major conflict. It forms a crucial component of the South Korean military's "three-axis" deterrence system. This system also includes the Kill Chain preemptive strike platform and the Korea Air and Missile Defense system.

During his visit, Shin inspected various weapons systems under development for the three-axis system. These included a long-range air-to-surface missile, a low-altitude missile defense system, and advanced unmanned assets like stealth and killer drones.

The urgency of Shin's statement is heightened by recent threats from the North Korean leader, who vowed to annihilate the South in response to any use of force by Seoul. His threat followed inspections of key munitions factories in North Korea earlier this week.

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