Defense chief to visit Turkey, India

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top defense official plans to visit Turkey and India next week to discuss ways to boost cooperation in the defense industry, the defense ministry said Thursday.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo is set to leave for Turkey on Sunday for a trip that will last seven days, it said.

Turkey has bought KT-1 trainer jets and K-9 artillery guns from South Korea. India has purchased 100 K-9 artillery guns.

The trip comes amid public outcry against the Defense Security Command over a controversial document that discussed plans for the possible invocation of martial law to quash anti-government protests last year.

Among the proposals is slashing the total number of DSC personnel by 30 percent or more to create a "professional, elite" group. The DSC currently has some 4,200 members, including officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Song is expected to present reform proposals to President Moon Jae-in before leaving for Turkey.

Source: Yonhap News Agency