South Korean Air Force chief warns of possible sudden attack by N. Korea

The Chief of Staff of Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force has warned on Thursday of the possibility of unexpected, sudden attacks by North Korea, with all eyes riveted on its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

The comment from the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Lee Wang-keun came during his visit to a local unit of the Air Defense Artillery Command where he called for a watertight aerospace surveillance and anti-ballistic missile posture.

During the visit, he inspected the operation of an early warning radar against incoming ballistic missiles, which is in operation around the clock, according to the Air Force.

“You should bear in mind that the enemy can provoke anytime and anywhere,” he was quoted as telling the troops there. He also stressed the importance of a firm defense posture, pointing out that the North may “make a noise in the east and carry out a sudden attack in the west.”

On Tuesday, the North test-fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that overflew Japan.

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