S. Korea President accused his predecessor of weakening the country's defence capability
The President of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk-yeol, said the policy of the previous administration led to a weakening of the state's defence capability, since the previous government relied on its faith in a fake world, Yonhap reports
The South Korean leader – who presided over an annual meeting of the Joint Defence Council – stressed that, due to the previous government, the meeting had lost its scale, since complex exercises involving the civil sector, the government, the military and the police had not been conducted properly. "As a result, there has been a weakening [of the system's] capabilities to consolidate all forces responsible for defence and [its readiness] to wage a nationwide, full–scale war in the name of protecting the state," he said.
It is reported that such meetings are held in South Korea in order to assess the country's overall readiness for defence.
"The security situation on the Korean peninsula and in the region is extremely serious," Yoon Suk-yeol stressed.
The previous leader of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, made great efforts to improve relations with the DPRK. In April 2018, a personal meeting of the heads of Korean states was held in the border zone of Panmunjom – for the first time since 2007. However, according to Moon Jae-in's critics, that policy enabled Pyongyang to gain time for development of its nuclear missile programme.