South Korea and the U.S. will apply a "tailored deterrence strategy" for various scenarios during joint military exercises that kick off late this month, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
In a policy briefing for President Park Geun-hye, the ministry said the drills will prepare to respond to threats of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction from North Korea.
The "tailored deterrence" is a phase-by-phase response to specific threats. It envisions a U.S. nuclear umbrella defense against North Korean missiles and surgical strikes on nuclear facilities there.
The ministry also pledged to launch five military reconnaissance satellites by the early 2020s to monitor the North's nuclear weapons and missiles, sweeping North Korea every two hours.