Premier demands investigation into missile misfire

  • Date: 2016-07-02
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Premier  Lin  Chuan  today  demanded  an  investigation  into  Friday’s  incident  in  which  the  military  misfired  an  anti-ship  missile  and  caused  one  civilian  death  and  several  injuries.

At  a  meeting  with  Vice  Premier  Lin  Hsi-yao,  Executive  Yuan  Secretary-General  Chen  Mei-ling  and  the  ministries  concerned,  the  premier  discussed  steps  to  take  in  the  investigation  and  ordered  the  following:
1. The  investigation  should  be  conducted  by  a  special  task  force  under  the  Taiwan  High  Prosecutors  Office,  and  the  Ministry  of  National  Defense  (MND)  must  offer  its  full  cooperation.  The  task  force  should  thoroughly  examine  all  witnesses  and  evidence  and  determine  whether  the  misfire  was  an  accident  or  the  result  of  other  issues  of  lax  military  discipline.
2. As  leaked  government  secrets  pose  a  serious  threat  to  national  security,  the  MND  should  review  its  current  intelligence  security  procedures,  and  the  Taiwan  High  Prosecutors  Office  task  force  should  look  into  any  illegal  disclosure  of  information  associated  with  the  incident.
3. The  MND  must  thoroughly  investigate  the  missile  misfire  and  make  a  full-out  effort  to  review  all  operating  procedures,  training  and  discipline  guidelines,  and  military  safety  measures.  The  responsible  parties  must  be  held  accountable.
4. The  MND  must  act  quickly  to  answer  the  public’s  questions  and  dispel  misconceptions  about  the  incident,  provided  the  responses  do  not  involve  disclosure  of  classified  information.  The  responses  must  also  be  posted  on  the  ministry’s  website  homepage  for  the  public  to  view.  
5. The  MND  must  promptly  meet  with  the  victims’  families  to  discuss  national  compensation.

Per  the  premier’s  orders,  Defense  Minister  Feng  Shih-kuan  manned  the  MND  emergency  response  center  yesterday  while  the  chief  of  the  general  staff  was  dispatched  to  southern  Taiwan  where  the  missile  accident  took  place.  Vice  Premier  Lin  and  Deputy  Defense  Minister  Lee  Hsi-ming  were  also  sent  to  southern  Taiwan  to  look  into  the  matter  and  convey  the  government’s  condolences  to  the  victims’  families.