Surveillance Cameras to Be Installed in DMZ

Surveillance cameras and automatic wire-fence sensor systems will be installed at general outposts along the military demarcation line by December 2015, a spokesman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Sunday.

This measure aims to prevent further embarrassing incidents like the defection in October 2012 of a North Korean soldier across 4 km of heavily armed border controlled by the South Korean 22nd Infantry Division, who knew nothing about it until he knocked on their door.

The project will likely cost more than W70 billion (US$1=W1,014).

A DAPA official said, "Once the surveillance system is installed, the number of soldiers deployed at outposts will fall by about 20 percent and the soldiers will feel less fatigued."

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old conscript who went on a shooting rampage last week reportedly told investigators he fired indiscriminately because it was dark at the time and did not mean to kill anyone."

"Sgt. Lim seems to be trying to mitigate his crime by saying that he acted on impulse because he had been bullied," a military spokesman said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 30, 2014 13:39 KST