14 Jul '11, 4am

South Korean marine chief ready to quit over shooting - Channel NewsAsia

SEOUL: South Korea's Marine commander has expressed readiness to step down, military officials said Thursday, amid criticism that barrack-room bullying triggered a deadly shooting spree this month. Marine Corps chief Yoo Nak-Joon told Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin on Tuesday that he was ready to take responsibility over the rampage that left four soldiers dead and one injured, a ministry spokesman said. "I will take responsibility if there is something for which I must be responsible," Yoo was quoted as saying. The elite Corps has also reported several recent suicides, some of them apparently related to bullying. Yonhap news agency said Yoo had submitted his resignation, but military officials said he was expected to clarify his stance next Monday when the defence minister chairs a meeting of Marine commanders. The 19-year-old corporal surnamed Kim opened fire on July 4 at...

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