SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea paraded thousands of troops and an array of weapons capable of striking North Korea through its capital as part of its biggest Armed Forces Day ceremony in 10 years on Tuesday, as its president vowed to build a stronger military to thwart any provocation by the North.
“After looking at your imposing march today, I believe our people would trust you and have faith in our national security,” Yoon Suk Yeol told cheering soldiers at the end of the ceremony in a central Seoul plaza. “I'll always support you together with our people.”
Earlier, South Korea rolled tanks, artillery systems, drones and powerful ballistic missiles capable of hitting all of North Korea through the streets of Seoul, amid steady autumn rains. About 4,000 South Korean troops carrying rifles or flags followed them, accompanied by about 300 U.S. soldiers, in the first such military parade since 2013.
As the soldiers and their weapons went past, Yoon waved, clapped and flashed a thumbs-up.
Since taking office last year, he has been pushing hard to beef up South Korea's defense capability while expanding military drills with the United States in response to North Korea's advancing nuclear arsenal.
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