April 27, 2010 13:15
The military will convene an emergency meeting of top commanding officers next week to discuss a response to the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan near the maritime border with North Korea in the West Sea.
The meeting will be held on or after May 3 following a funeral on Thursday for the 46 sailors who died in the shipwreck, a military source said Monday.
The military notes that North Korea seems to have bolstered guerrilla-warfare exercises, apparently in order to launch provocations around the five South Korean islands off its west coast since last year, using weapons such as mini-subs, submarines and ground-to-ship missiles.
"The meeting will discuss major problems in dealing with the sinking and ways to reinforce military readiness and discipline, plus other complementary measures," said Defense Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae. After collecting commanders' views at the meeting, the military is expected to carry out a punitive personnel reshuffle, possibly in mid-May when an investigation of the shipwreck by the Board of Audit and Inspection is halfway through.
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