Residents living in and around the town of Gangreung, Gangwon, were left terrified overnight after one of two Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missiles the South Korean military fired on Tuesday night in response to the missile’s provocation North Korea’s Intermediate Range Ballistic (IRBM) earlier. daylight has fallen near the area where they live. The missile fell on a military base in the region and the warhead did not explode. Otherwise, it could have resulted in massive losses. After the news went viral, photos and videos were posted on social media. But the local fire department reportedly came away empty-handed after the military base explained it was just part of its regular training schedule.
For the next eight hours, military authorities and firefighters sent no alerts or information to local residents. Meanwhile, a number of local citizens rushed to call the Gangreung City government and fire department to ask for answers on why such a strange accident took place. Even fake news about “eight missing people” quickly spread across the internet. After military authorities provided an explanation for the missile fall two days later, many residents complained about their delayed response.
Our military made the right decision by reacting immediately to North Korea’s missile provocation. But we can’t understand why he hasn’t told local residents what’s really going on. The government needs to find out exactly what went wrong all along.
The Yoon Suk-yeol administration should check whether the country has an appropriate manual for civil defense drills and facilities to evacuate citizens in case of emergency. After the IRBM fired by North Korea flew over Hokkaido, Japanese authorities immediately issued a warning to residents.
Municipal governments in Japan are required to designate a minimum space per person – about nine square feet – in concrete buildings or underground facilities for evacuation. While North Korea has increased the level of missile provocation this year, Tokyo is increasing the level of civil defense to deal with the North Korean threat. We wonder if our government and military will do the same in this country.
The authorities must thoroughly investigate the issue of the missile launch. The military fired the missile as part of a joint response with the United States to the northern firing of an IRBM that can strike as far as Guam, a base for US strategic assets.
The Hyunmoo-2 missile, a pivot of our Kill Chain preemptive strike system, can target all areas of North Korea. But the recent Gangreung fiasco has significantly reduced the missile’s power. The Yoon administration must get to the bottom of the accident to find the exact cause of the incomprehensible fall of the missile.