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President Orders Military Investigation into Arms Sales

Oct 13,1998
President Kim Dae Jung on October 13 ordered the prosecutors office to investigate military acquisitions during former president Kim Young Sam's regime. One such purchase dubbed the 'Paekdu Plan' involves the importing of reconnaissance airplanes.
The investigation will be focused on certain non-qualified equipment deals and whether there were special favors granted to specific business groups.
The prosecutors are on the run collecting information that will support allegations that some generals received kickbacks including the former minister of national defense.
The government first revealed suspicions in September that 3 kinds of fighter airplane suppliers were competing for contracts in Korea, but the lowest quality one was finally chosen despite its price.
Currently, the Ministry of National Defense wants to cancel the sale related with the 'Paekdu Plan', however the United States will seek a steep fine for breach of the contract.
Another disputed military purchase involved the sale of electronic equipment by France's Thompson which was selected in 1993 for a lucrative contract. A German company DASA has launched a lawsuit in Seoul District Court against the Thompson decision, so the electronic equipment has not been delivered to the Korean military forces yet.


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