SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The search/reconnaissance operations of South Korean troops in the DMZ will be taking on more aggressive tactics. Before, the rules of engagement were ‘verbal warning, warning shot, aimed shot’, but now, it will be simplified to just ‘aimed shot’.
Officials from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) say that they will change their operations to destroying the enemy instead of passive exchanges. “We will execute operations so that our military can take initiative in the DMZ. We will set the concept of operation so that we will not lie under the enemy in the DMZ.”
The military plans to search for landmines in the DMZ, as there is a possibility that North Korea might have buried more. In order to prevent damage from the mines, frontline troops will be equipped with an 8 kilogram mine detector and wear overshoes.
Officials from the MND say they will change their operations in search and reconnaissance. “The patrols will be carried out far more often. Also, the searches will occur at random times so that the North Korean army could not know in advance.”
The change is part of a bid to prevent the North Korean army from burying landmines and creating provocations by avoiding the search schedule.
The military has ordered the forces of two areas at the front line that reactivated broadcasting through loudspeakers to be on alert. Additional firearms were issued in case of attacks from the enemy. “Reactivation of broadcasting is our priority. If needed, we will execute military countermeasures. If the enemy attacks the loudspeakers, we will practice our right of self-defense.”
By Francine Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)