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Cabinet raises rank of police officer responsible for safety near sea border

All Headlines 18:22 April 12, 2016

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Cabinet approved a bill to raise the rank of the police officer in charge of safety near the western sea border with North Korea, an official said Tuesday.

A chief superintendent general will be responsible for safety around the tense areas along the Northern Limit Line. So far, safety over the region had been overseen by a senior superintendent general.

The move is meant to strengthen maritime security near the critical demarcation line, the scene of several bloody skirmishes between the navies of South and North Korea in recent years.

Besides police, the South Korean navy maintains vigilance along the sea border to deal with North Korea’s provocations.

In 2010, North Korea torpedoed a South Korean warship and shelled an island near the western sea border in two separate attacks, killing a total of 50 people.

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