August 17, 2022

South Korea’s new military chief calls for ‘ruthless’ response to ‘provocations’

Commander during past clashes with North Korea, Gen. Kim Seung-kyum warns of grave threats from DPRK weapons development

A South Korean general decorated for an operation that took out armed North Korean guerillas assumed leadership of Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on Tuesday, stressing “ruthless” retaliation to enemy provocations.

In an evening ceremony, Army Gen. Kim Seung-kyum succeeded Air Force Gen. Won In-choul as JCS chairman and emphasized the need to bolster ROK defenses against North Korean nuclear and missile threats.