South Korea's Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-sup speaks at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 12. Singapore (CNN) South Korea will "dramatically" strengthen its defensive capabilities, its defense minister said Sunday amid international concern that Pyongyang is reviving its nuclear testing program . "Our government will strengthen capabilities to better implement the US extended deterrence and will dramatically enhance response capabilities of the Republic of Korea military to deter North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," Defense Minister Lee Jong-Sup said at the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore. South Korea, US launch eight missiles in response to North Korea Lee also said South Korea would work more closely with the United States and Japan as part of its response -- echoing a pledge made by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin a day earlier. North Korea's "repeated missile provocations" were advanci
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