By: Lu Hsin-hui and S.C. Chang
Taipei, July 2 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday that a Navy ship’s misfiring
of a missile a day earlier that caused one civilian death and three injuries was something that “absolutely cannot be forgiven.”
The president gave a directive to related government agencies to inform neighboring countries and mainland China about the incident, reassuring them that Taiwan’s determination to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and throughout East Asia remains unchanged.
The president made her comments at a National Security Council meeting after hearing a briefing on a Chinchiang class corvette’s firing of a Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile from a southern Taiwan port.
According to Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺), the president used strong words to chide the Ministry of National Defense: “If there were SOPs and they were not followed by the officers and soldiers, then it shows an utter contempt of disciplines and a complete lack of competency.” [FULL STORY]