Yoon stresses need for ‘strong power’ on anniversary of inter-Korean naval skirmish

President Yoon Suk Yeol delivers a speech at the South Korea-Uzbekistan Business Forum in Tashkent during his state visit to the Central Asian nation, June 14. Yonhap

President Yoon Suk Yeol stressed on Saturday the need for the country to maintain a strong military, as the nation marked the 25th anniversary of a 1999 inter-Korean naval skirmish near the maritime border.

“The history from 25 years ago reminds us once again that peace can be maintained through strong power,” Yoon wrote on his Facebook page. ” 토토 As the commander-in-chief, I promise to maintain a firm state of readiness to ensure the protection of the lives and safety of our people.”

Yoon, who was touring Central Asia on a three-nation trip, also extended his gratitude to the military personnel for dedicating themselves to national defense, while pledging to build a stronger country with “our heroes.”

The 1999 skirmish took place near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de facto maritime border in the Yellow Sea, sinking one North Korean ship and wreaking havoc on nine others.

The South’s Navy suffered no casualties, while South Korean officials estimated dozens of North Korean sailors were killed

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