South Korea’s Defense Ministry published its 2022 operations plan last week.
The annual assessment called for maintaining intelligence sharing with the US and boosting North Korea’s monitoring operations in response to new weapons technologies.
North Korea has tested dozens of ballistic missiles in recent years, from an intercontinental missile capable of hitting the US and short-range missiles that have sunk in the East Sea, to weapons launched from trains, submarines and vehicles located throughout the world. country. .
Yet despite all the quantity and variety, South Korea has managed to detect the North’s ballistic missile launches “100% perfectly” since Moon Jae-in became president in May 2017, the ministry said Thursday. of Defense of Seoul.
The assessment appears in the Ministry of National Defense (MND) 2022 operations plan, which calls for maintaining close intelligence sharing with the US and boosting the DPRK’s monitoring operations in response to the continued development of new security technologies. weapons by Pyongyang.
The annual review of the country’s defense policies, the latest under the current administration, reaffirms Moon’s position that “the goal of a strong national defense capacity is always peace,” adding that the armed forces and the government of the Republic of Korea “will respond harshly” to any activity. that threaten the safety of their citizens.
The document also emphasizes that the ministry will work to accelerate the condition-based transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) of the Future Combined Forces Command of the US and the ROK from Washington to Seoul. The US and ROK armies are set to conduct a second-phase test of the Future Operational Capability (FOC) in the fall of 2022.