President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered the military to sternly respond to any North Korean provocations.
This came at the commander-in-chief's maiden meeting with top military commanders.
Kim Do-yeon shares with us his remarks.
"Prompt and stern" retaliation in case of any North Korean provocation.
That's South Korean Commander-in-Chief Yoon Suk-yeol as he presided over his first meeting with the nation's top military commanders on Wednesday.
"The military's fundamental mission is to defend the people's lives, property, territory and sovereignty. We have to clearly show that we will not compromise security no matter what."
Calling for strong capabilities to deter North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, his message carries extra weight as it comes amid concerns the North could conduct its first nuclear test in five years.
At the top brass meeting chaired by the president for the very first time at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters roughly 160 kilometers south of Seoul they discussed Seoul's push to launch a "strategic command" as an overarching organ to implement its "three-axis" defense system aimed at countering North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats.
"Also, we have to autonomously build a strong response capability that includes the three-axis system to deter North Korea's use of nuclear weapons and missiles, and reduce its potential for provocations"
The three-axis system refers to the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation, an operational plan to incapacitate the North Korean leadership in a major conflict; the Kill Chain preemptive strike platform; and the Korea Air and Missile Defense system.
In addition, the new Commander-in-Chief urged his top commanders to focus on expediting the roll out of AI-based defense systems incorporating both unmanned and manned military equipment.
But above all President Yoon reiterated his commitment to provide all the support he can to establish a defense posture in which the South Korean military can fight and win.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.