Army chief vows firm border security despite tension-reducing measures
SEOUL, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top Army commander voiced confidence Thursday that his front-line troops will keep a close watch on North Korea in spite of a recent inter-Korean deal on easing border tensions.
Gen. Kim Yong-woo, the Army chief of staff, was responding to lawmakers' concerns about border security, after the two Koreas agreed last month to create a no-fly buffer zone over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Establishing the zone is part of the Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA) between the two sides signed during their summit.
During a parliamentary audit of Army affairs at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, Kim admitted that the CMA will affect the operation of relevant corps' spy drones.
"But we can adequately monitor (the North Korean military's) tactical activities by the use of high-level units' assets," he said.
He was apparently referring to high-altitude Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other advanced surveillance equipment.
Kim also stressed that the Army will continue to bolster its firepower, if necessary, even in the case opposition from the North.
"The strengthening of combat power is our right," he said.
Source: Yonhap News Agency