SKorea to get more weapons amid NKorean threat

Associated Press
A South Korean soldier looks at U.S. soldiers who just arrived from Kadena air base on Okinawa of Japan, by a civil aircraft to take part in joint military drills between U.S. and South Korea, at Daegu military air base in Daegu, south of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. South Korean and U.S. troops kicked off their annual drills last week, while North Korea slammed the maneuvers as a rehearsal for invasion that could trigger a nuclear war on the divided peninsula.  (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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South Korea says it will deploy more fighter jets, helicopters, artillery and advanced spy aircraft to better prepare for potential attacks by North Korea.

The plans are among a package of measures announced Tuesday aimed at building a stronger, more efficient army in the wake of the sinking of a South Korean warship and North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island last year.

Fifty South Koreans were killed.

Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin says the attacks left the South Koreans with "enormous shocks and scars" but gave the military a chance to review its readiness to North Korean provocation.

Other measures include streamlining the top military brass and creating a joint military command tasked with defending front-line islands.

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