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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on October 15th, 2012 at 5:34 am

Korean Defense Minister Apologizes For Lax DMZ Border Security

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It seems like the fallout from the recent North Korean soldier defection is continuing to spread:

 South Korea’s defense chief apologized publicly Monday after his military failed to spot a North Korean soldier defecting to the South across their heavily guarded border.

No one detected the soldier – even though he scaled barbed wire fences on the South Korean side of the border – until he knocked on the door of front-line South Korean barracks to say he was defecting. The Oct. 2 incident raised serious questions about South Korea’s military surveillance capabilities.

Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a news conference he “deeply” apologizes for causing public concern over the defection.

“There were an obvious failure in security operations and faults in situation-reporting systems,” Kim said.

A total of 14 officers, including five at the general level, will be investigated for possible punishment over the incident, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. The ministry has already dismissed three officers from their posts, he said.  [Stars & Stripes]

You can read the rest at the link, but with elections coming up in Korea, now is definitely not the time to commit any screw ups that could be used for political advantage.

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  • Bill
    6:50 am on October 15th, 2012 1

    After having been there in the 70′s, and comparing that to the pictures I see of the DMZ today, I have to wonder how much of a part the increased foliage played? Vegetation is so much thicker now, it’s a lot easier to move undetected, even with electronic survellience systems.

  • chefantwon
    5:53 pm on October 15th, 2012 2

    Didn’t these guys ever hear of those underground sensors you put by the fence line? How about some nice guard towers and motion detectors?

  • William
    6:44 pm on October 16th, 2012 3

    Yup, the top is a grindin’ the ax and the hammer is gunna fall…

  • DTS
    7:00 am on October 17th, 2012 4

    No level of technology can replace boots on the ground, in guard posts and executing aggressive ambush patrols. IMHO the ROKA has lost a lot of field craft over the last twenty years courtesy of the Sunshine Policy.


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