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SEOUL — South Korea will shrink its military by 26.5 percent by 2020, from 680,000 troops to 500,000, according to the Korean Ministry of Defense.

The downsizing will be supplemented with high-tech weapons systems concentrated mainly in South Korea’s navy and air force, according to the ministry.

South Korea’s ground forces will shrink from 548,000 to 370,000, a 32.5 percent drop. North Korea’s ground troops are estimated at more than 1 million. South Korea remains confident that its military capabilities will continue to deter any attacks from the North, the ministry stated.

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