Marine Corps chief stresses commitment to enforcing inter-Korean military accord
SEOUL, South Korea's Marine Corps chief stressed his commitment to enforcing an inter-Korean military accord aimed at reducing border tensions and building trust during his onsite inspection of a unit west of Seoul on Friday.
Lt. Gen. Jun Jin-goo made the remarks weeks after a media report said that his armed service had opposed the defense ministry's proposal to set a no-fly zone along the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a de facto sea border with North Korea.
Under their Sept. 19 military accord, the two Koreas have set up an expanded no-fly zone along the land border. To accelerate efforts to reduce tensions, Seoul has also sought to set up the air buffer zone over the Han River estuary as well as the NLL.
"The Marine Corps will strive to contribute to the endeavors to reduce military tensions along the Han River estuary and establish lasting peace on the peninsula by actively implementing the military accord," Jun said during his visit to the Second Marine Division in Gimpo, just west of Seoul.
"To support that accord, all Marines will maintain a robust readiness posture and thoroughly carry out an education program for our service members," he added.
"That is by no means true," he said. "The military should prop up national policy by focusing on its inherent mission."
The two Koreas' defense chiefs signed the military accord in September after the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang. It entails a series of confidence-building and conventional arms control measures.
Source: Yonhap news Agency