[Exclusive] Defense Minister Defended DSC Marital Law Prep.

Write : 2018-07-13 13:37:25 Update : 2018-07-13 15:21:00

[Exclusive] Defense Minister Defended DSC Marital Law Prep.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo was briefed in March about the military’s plan to quell the 2017 candlelight protests against the Park Geun-hye administration but failed to take any action. 

KBS has found that Song reportedly agreed with the Defense Security Command’s alleged plans to prepare for a possible declaration of martial law by potentially mobilizing heavily armed soldiers if the impeached president was reinstated by the constitutional court. 

At a Defense Ministry meeting on Monday, which was five days after the DSC document was revealed to the public, Song is said to have stated that it wasn't wrong for the counterintelligence military unit to prepare for the worst. 

The minister reportedly said that he agrees with the DSC's decision to review enacting a garrison decree and only ordered a probe of whether the unit's actions constituted an abuse of power. 

The account was conveyed to KBS by a military official, but in a press release, the Defense Ministry denied that Song made those remarks.

[Photo : YONHAP News]

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