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SEOUL — South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense is investigating photos circulating on the Internet that appear to be of nude and partially clothed South Korean marines.

Yoon Kwang-ung, Minister of National Defense, released a statement Monday, in which he stated the issue raises sexual harassment and human rights concerns.

One photo appears to be of a senior marine peering into a marine’s briefs. Other photos show the marines posing in front of a military barracks.

Lt. Col. Kim Nak-jung, MND spokesman, said the photos are being analyzed.

A South Korean Marine Corps spokesman — who identified himself only as Yoon — said early Monday that it appears the marines took pictures of themselves “for fun” and someone “mischievously posted them” on a Web site.

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