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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 - 19:12
US military in S. Korea seeks more weaponry
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The US military in South Korea has asked the Pentagon to provide more attack helicopters and strengthen missile defence systems, its chief said today, amid threats by North Korea against the South.

General James Thurman told a forum that in order to enhance war-fighting capabilities, they have asked for prioritisation to receive an additional attack and reconnaissance squadron to bring their combat aviation brigade to full strength.

His comments come at a time of high cross-border tension, with the North threatening "sacred war" against the South following perceived insults to its regime.

On June 4th the North's military threatened attacks on the Seoul headquarters of major South Korean media outlets after they criticised a mass youth function staged in Pyongyang.

The US fought for the South in the 1950-53 war against the North and China, and has based troops in the South ever since. They currently total 28,500.

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