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Cities start to destroy defenses against tanks

Dec 08,2005

Guri city, Gyeonggi province began dismantling an anti-tank defensive structure on Nov. 8, 34 years after it was built. By Kang Jung-hyun

Defensive fortifications built in northern Gyeonggi province to hinder tank attacks by North Korea may become part of history with some local governments deciding to demolish them. The fortifications are overpass-like structures erected in the 1970s over roads connecting cities in the province to Seoul. In the event of an attack, the South Korean Army would blow up the structures to block roads to the capital.
The local government of the satellite city of Guri, northeast of Seoul, said yesterday it started demolishing fortifications over the road connecting Seoul to Namyangju city, Gyeonggi province, on Nov. 8, 34 years after their construction.
The city government said it will spend 1.3 billion won ($1.2 million) to dismantle the defensive wall by the end of this year and plans to replace it with underground fortifications on the same spot. An official said, “We hope that removing the wall will help to ease tension between the North and the South and build trust between two countries.”
The city of Uijeongbu also plans to demolish a defensive structure over the road between Seoul and Dongducheon, starting Dec. 26. It is also discussing with the army the removal of five other fortifications.
“The defenses cause significant inconvenience to citizens as they were built when roads were much less crowded. The city will continue to take out unnecessary walls after consulting with the army,” an official of the Uijeongbu local government said.


by Jeon Ick-jin


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