Korea Mulls Stationing Soldiers on Dokdo

      April 08, 2011 09:51

      Korea may bolster its defense of the Dokdo islets by replacing police who now guard the territory with soldiers.

      Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik said during a National Assembly hearing on Thursday, "Realistically stationing police on Dokdo is enough, but depending on the situation it could be worth considering posting military forces there."

      Asked by Grand National Party lawmaker Kim Ok-lee whether Korea should station Marines on Dokdo to demarcate its territorial boundaries, the prime minister said, "For a raft of reasons, I believe it's enough to have police administer them, but there are views that we should consider a military presence there. We will consider that from a strategic and long-term point of view."

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