South Korea has been deploying advanced tanks to defend against the North Korean attack on its southern border, which has killed at least four South Korean soldiers and injured dozens.
The South Korean military has confirmed that it has been using advanced T-90 tanks, M1A2 Abrams tanks, and T-72 tanks.
These advanced tanks can fire anti-aircraft missiles or machine guns that can hit multiple targets simultaneously.
South Korea’s defense minister, Moon Sang-yoon, said on Thursday that the deployment of the tanks and other heavy weapons would protect South Korea from North Korean aggression.
According to South Korean news outlet Yonhap, South Korea is the first country to deploy anti-armor weapons to a foreign country in the Asia-Pacific region.
The deployment of advanced tanks is particularly alarming for Seoul, which is the main target of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile threats.
The country’s military is currently deploying around 2,000 tanks and armored personnel carriers to the Korean Peninsula.
The North Korean attacks on the South Korean border have led to widespread international outrage, with President Donald Trump tweeting on Thursday night that the United States is “locked and loaded” against a North Korean nuclear attack on South Korea.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.