SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in on Friday called for swift measures to overhaul the military intelligence unit, saying its controversial proposal in late 2016 to invoke martial law against anti-government protests represented an illegal act.

"The military must fear the people more than anyone else. The Defense Security Command's (DSC) inspection of the families of people killed in the Sewol ferry sinking and its proposal to consider martial law are illegal acts that should not have taken place in the first place," the president said while meeting with the country's top military commanders at his office Cheong Wa Dae.

"The DSC must become a unit that contributes to the strengthening of our defense capabilities by strictly adhering to its natural mission," the president added, while urging efforts to quickly reform the military intelligence unit.

Moon's remarks follow a recent controversy over the 2016 proposal from the DSC to invoke martial law during the months of protests against then-President Park Geun-hye.

Source: Yonhap News Agency