South Korea's president, Yoon Suk Yeol, has announced he wants his country to become one of the world's top four weapons suppliers and make South Korea what he called a 'defence powerhouse'.


This article by Brad Lendon and Gawon Bae, writing for CNN, makes the following points:
  • The world's top four defence exporters are the United States, Russia, France and Italy. In 2021, South Korea was ranked 10th.
  • South Korea has already taken steps to achieve its top four ambitions. It has signed its biggest-ever arms deal to supply Poland with tanks, artillery and fighter jets.
  • Yoon is essentially building on initiatives started under his predecessor, Moon Jae-in, whom Yoon succeeded in May.
  • Analysts say the investments begun by Moon are paying off.


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