Officer dies in explosion at South Korea naval base

1 dead, 3 others injured or missing following naval base explosion off southeastern district of Jinhae

Officer dies in explosion at South Korea naval base

World Bulletin / News Desk

A senior naval officer was killed in an explosion at a South Korean naval base Tuesday, with officials suggesting the blast was accidental and not related to Seoul's ongoing problems with its northern neighbor.

Another officer was unaccounted for and two more were injured following the incident, which happened while repairs were being carried out on a submarine off the country's southeastern coast.

The missing officer had reportedly been working on top of the submarine when he was thrown into the water.

Navy officials cited by local news agency Yonhap suspected a gas explosion was responsible.

North Korea has issued a series of threats this year to attack the South and its ally the United States -- although physical clashes between the two sides in recent years have been restricted to the border area hundreds of kilometers (miles) north of the accident site.

South Korea is planning to bolster its defenses in the coming months, including by deploying a contentious American anti-missile system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense).

Against the backdrop of ongoing tensions, Seoul's defense ministry also confirmed that U.S. Army chief of staff Gen. Mark A. Milley will arrive in the South this Wednesday for a three-day visit.

 

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