South Korea Moves to Deter North Korea and China

( – According to a Newsmax December 22 op-ed article, the South Korean government is planning to deter the communist regimes of China and North Korea by enhancing its destroyer Sejong The Great. While the Arsenal ship currently carries 144 missiles, author and retired Colonel John Mills wrote that South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol wants it to carry a larger number of ballistic missiles. He also said that Yoon wants the destroyer to become something similar to the US Navy’s ballistic missile submarine force, so it could be a visible deterrent measure.

Over the last few decades, South Korea has been one of the main countries affected by the rise of China’s geopolitical rise and North Korea’s nuclear and military development. While Seoul has the full support of the United States, Mills explained that the current South Korean conservative government doesn’t want to depend solely on Washington, a foreign ally, for its protection.

In his op-ed, Mills explained that South Korea plans to prepare a ready alert force of numerous ballistic missiles aimed at Pyongyang to supplement the offensive capabilities of the country’s Air Force. He also added that while North Korea has one of the biggest commando forces in the world, the missiles that the South Korean government wants to add to the country’s destroyer would be a “massive threat” to that force.

The retired colonel also suggested that the United States believe that what South Korea is doing could be a beneficial move as their Arsenal ships could eventually be used if broader conflict took place across the Western Pacific. Mills also pointed out the new South Korean government is experiencing an “interesting momentum” that might allow it to create its own aircraft carriers to enhance its military power and presence in the region. He explained that the main goal of these carriers is not only to expand its influence beyond the Korean Peninsula but also to deter Beijing and the Chinese regime’s overt military “adventurism” in Asia.

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