South Korean minister apologises for security lapse
South Korea’s Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin has apologised over the security lapse at the heavily fortified border following revelations that a North Korean defector crossed over undetected. A 22-year-old North Korean soldier, who said he killed his superior before crossing the Military Demarcation Line on Oct 2, was not spotted until he knocked on the door of a barrack and surrendered.
“I sincerely apologise for causing public concern,” Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin said at a press conference in Seoul, acknowledging a “surveillance failure”.
A total of 14 high-ranking military officials, including five generals, will face disciplinary measures, the minister said, pledging to beef up security along the border and reinforce border fences “as soon as possible”.