Ministry of National Defense (South Korea)

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Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea
Emblem of the Ministry of National Defense (South Korea) (English).svg
Agency overview
Formed15 August 1948 (1948-08-15)
JurisdictionGovernment of South Korea
HeadquartersYongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Ministers responsible
WebsiteOfficial website

The Ministry of National Defense (MND, Korean: 국방부) is a department within the government of South Korea (ROK) and responsible for the military branches of South Korea. It was established on 15 August 1948[1] and located at Yongsan-dong, Yongsan District, Seoul.[2] The ministry was established following the foundation of ROK in 1948, superseding the Department of Internal Security (DIS, 국내경비부) in charge of Korean armed forces under the United States Army Military Government (USAMGIK) during the Allied occupation era.[3]



The Ministry of National Defense is allegedly active in military-level censorship such as book banning[5] and screening of mobile apps[6] within the military hierarchy. It has also agreed to respect the results from its Special Investigation Committee on Gwangju Uprising in which MD Helicopters MD 500 and UH-1H were used to fire on protesting citizens.[7]

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  1. ^ "History of Ministry of National Defense"[permanent dead link] ROK Ministry of National Defense Retrieved 2012-04-11
  2. ^ "Location." (Archive) Ministry of National Defense. Retrieved on January 1, 2014. "Yongsan-dong 3 Ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 140-701"
  3. ^ 나종남 (2013), "<제6주제-국방> 대한민국 국군의 창설과 성장, 1945~1955: '創軍史'에서 '建軍史'로", 대한민국 정부수립과 국가체제 구축 연구용역 : 용역 최종보고서 (in Korean), National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, p. 220
  4. ^ Pike, John. "Korea - Military Personnel". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  5. ^ Kim, Eun-jung (8 February 2012). "Constitutional Court upholds ban on 'seditious books' in military". Yonhap News. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  6. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (7 February 2012). "Military to screen all mobile apps". Korean Herald. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  7. ^ "5 · 18 Special Committee "Confirmation of military helicopter shooting"". National Defense Daily. Retrieved 11 February 2018.

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