The Straits Times
Published on Oct 15, 2012

South Korean defence minister apologises for border lapse


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's defence minister apologised on Monday for a security lapse that allowed a defecting North Korean soldier to walk unchecked across one of the world's most fortified borders.

At a press conference broadcast live on TV, Kim Kwan-Jin announced that an army division commander and two field commanders had been dismissed from their posts as a result of the incident earlier this month.

"I acknowledge that the North Korean soldier's defection apparently shows the failure of security and flaws in the emergency reporting system," Kim said.

"I sincerely apologise for causing concerns to the people," he added.