New security command to be launched Saturday
SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- A new security command will be established this week to replace its precursor tainted by a series of political allegations that have eroded public trust and troop morale, the defense ministry said Friday.
Defense Minister Song Young-moo will lead the ceremony to launch the Defense Security Support Command (DSSC) on Saturday. Its predecessor, the Defense Security Command (DSC), was dissolved following revelations that it mulled the possible imposition of martial law to quash anti-government protests last year.
Lt. Gen. Nam Young-sin, who President Moon Jae-in tasked to prepare for the creation of the new command, will be appointed to lead the DSSC headquartered in Gwacheon, 18 kilometers south of Seoul. The command will be attached to the defense ministry.
In line with a recommendation from a reform panel, the number of the DSSC personnel will be about 2,900, a 30 percent decrease from that of its predecessor.
While preparing for the new command, a sweeping personnel reform occurred to remove those involved in "three major illicit acts" -- involvement in writing the martial law document, surveillance of civilians related to the 2014 ferry disaster and online operations to back former conservative governments.
The DSC has been the focus of public opprobrium due to political allegations. Most recently, it has been upbraided for writing the martial law document last year to quash protests calling for the impeachment of then-President Park Geun-hye.
The document, which many say reeked of the country's past military authoritarianism, entailed detailed emergency procedures, such as censoring the media, seeking support from foreign diplomats here and precluding the parliament from lifting martial law.
Source: Yonhap News Agency