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Avatar of kangajiBy on December 22nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

South Korean Defense White Paper 2012 Published

The South Korean Ministry of National Defense published its 2012 Defense White Paper.

UPDATE: The Defense White Paper is available in Korean online.

South Korean media sites and news outlets such as Arirang (English) and Yonhap (Korean) are quoting or citing the white paper’s territorial claims.

“Our military stands fully prepared to firmly defend our territory, territorial waters, and airspace in the East, West, and South Seas, including the five North Western Islands as well as Mara island, Ulleung island, Dokdo and other such islands.”

“The military has established a readiness posture and determination to strongly defend Dokdo in particular which is geographically, historically, and by international law clearly Korean territory.”

The official ROK Army Facebook page  (Korean Only) mentions the NLL as well, based on the claims in the white paper:

“독도는 명백한 대한민국 영토이며, 북방한계선(NLL)은 우리 군이 수호해야 할 남북간 실질적인 해상경계선입니다. 대한민국은 우리 군이 굳게 지키겠습니다. 편안한 주말 보내세요~ 충성!”

“Dokdo is obviously the Republic of Korea’s territory, and our military must defend the North Limit line which is the true maritine border between north and South.  Our military will firmly defend the Republic of Korea.  Enjoy your weekend~  CHOONGSEONG!” [=Loyalty, said after a salute.  sort of like Korean for Hoo-ah after a salute.]

For those interested, the 2010 Defense White Paper is available in English here.

Japan also publishes a Defense White Paper online, (In English) as a paper book, and in comic friendly form for kids. (Japanese Only.)


Comparison of north-South Military Capabilities

South Korea Troop Numbers North Korea

506,000 ARMY 1,020,000

68,000* NAVY 60,000

65,000  AIR FORCE 11,000

*28,000 Marines

ARMY

Corps, Divisions, Maneuver Brigades

Tanks

APCs

Artillery

MLRS

Area Defense GuidedWeapons

NAVY

Combat Ships

Landing Ships

Minelayers

Support Ships

Submarines

AIRFORCE

Combat Mission Aircraft

Surveillance/Control(Incl. Marine) Aircraft

Support Aircraft

Trainers

Helicopters (Army/Navy/Airforce)

3,200,000 Reserve Troop Numbers 7,700,000

(This includes misc. groups like South Korean cadets and north Korean Red Youth units)

(Note: This is a guest post by Kangaji who has his own K-blog that can be read at the link.)

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  • Avatar of kangajikangaji
    7:01 pm on December 22nd, 2012 1

    For those in Hawaii, Hamilton has many of the Japanese Defense White Papers in the U section in the Asia Collection on the fourth floor. Also, this is the first time that the ROK Military has mentioned the NLL as territory it plans to defend in a white paper.

  • Avatar of kangajikangaji
    7:02 pm on December 22nd, 2012 2

    For those in Hawaii, Hamilton Library at UH Manoa has many of the Japanese Defense White Papers in the U section in English in the Asia Collection (Not the East Asia Collection) on the fourth floor. I heard the fourth floor is going to be undergoing some kind of maintenance soon so you might have to make a special request. Also, this is the first time that the ROK Military has mentioned the NLL as territory it plans to defend in a white paper.

  • kangaji
    10:20 pm on December 31st, 2012 3

    North Korean response to white paper:
    http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2012/201212/news27/20121227-10ee.html

 

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