SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's president is calling for five islands near the disputed sea border with North Korea to be turned into "military fortresses."
President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday instructed his Cabinet to gradually push to strengthen fortifications on the islands and to create jobs so that local residents can continue to live there.
His comments come as the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff flies to Seoul to give reassurance of the US commitment to South Korea's defense.
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