South Korea demonstrated Tuesday their sovereignty with a massive parade of weapons, combat vehicles and South Korean armed forces. Although the display was performed in honor of South Korea's Armed Forces Day, many say there were other intentions behind the massive military exhibition; to illustrate its strength to its aggressive northern neighbor.
The ceremony was the largest display South Korea had staged in more than 10 years, complete with 11,000 troops, 190 weapons systems and 120 aircrafts.
The highlight of the presentation came with the unveiling of the Hyunmu-3 GPS- guided cruise missiles. The weapon's key feature boasts the distance capability of hitting targets from 620 miles away, the Huffington Post reported.
During the ceremony South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, gave a speech in which she noted the importance of South Korea and the U.S. maintaining a strong alliance in order to maintain some semblance of truce between the 38th parallel. She went on to make remarks about the missile defense system the U.S. possesses and how it makes North Korea and "the nuclear weapons and missiles it is obsessed with," useless.
"We must build up a strong deterrence against North Korea until it puts down its nuclear weapons program and make a right choice for its own people and peace on the Korean Peninsula," Geun-hye said.
But due to the Korean War's end with an armistice, North and South Korea officially remain at a state of war with 28,500 U.S. troops deployed to South Korea.
With North Korea's atomic tests and threats of war back in April, South Korea is making a point of manifesting its own strength.
"It's a kind of show of force. North Korea shows off its missiles on national anniversaries. We can understand today's ceremony in the same vein," Lee Daewoo, an analyst at Sejong Institute in Seoul, told the Huffington Post. "Today is Armed Forces Day, and (South Korea) is clearly showing that it has the capability to punish" North Korea, he said.