S. Korean military told to lose 'hostile feelings' for the enemy

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Thursday, July 8, 2004

A N. Korean soldier looks south from the border village of Panmunjom.
South Korea's National Security Council Secretary Gen. Yi Chong-Sok recently told South Korean military officers to reduce their feelings of hostility toward the enemy, reported in its current edition.

Yi told the officers during a military academy speech June 19: "It will make a stronger military when soldiers serve along the barbed-wire fences [in the Demilitarized Zone] with enhanced sense of citizenship and pride and affection for the country, rather than with hostile feelings toward enemy forces, will it not?"

One general then asked Yi, "I understand you are saying that arousing hostile feelings toward the enemy alone cannot render our military stronger. In that case, how can we educate our men on their perspectives toward the enemy in the reality where the North and South are confronting each other?"

Yi then sought to clarify his statement: "I only mentioned a general idea. I did not say it with North Korea in mind."

The government of South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun has been criticized for having pro-North Korea views.

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