S. Korea: N. Korea building up special forces

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 30, 2010 05:54

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Thursday said in a biennial military review that North Korea has boosted its special forces and deployed huge artillery guns and a new kind of tank close to the heavily fortified border.

The report released by the Defense Ministry also said the North intends to rely on its nuclear program as a counterweight to South Korea's high-tech military.

The document said North Korea has 200,000 special operations forces, an increase from 180,000 in its last previous assessment in 2008. It said those forces are aimed at infiltrating and disrupting sensitive facilities.


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