S.Korea, U.S. Prepare for Threat of N.Korean WMD

      December 14, 2010 08:11

      South Korea and the U.S. in talks at the Defense Ministry on Monday discussed ways of dealing with the threat of North Korean weapons of mass destruction including nuclear arms.

      Officials from both countries at a Security Policy Initiative meeting signed off on the terms of reference of an operational plan by the new Extended Deterrence Policy Committee. They agreed that chief delegates will meet for the first time in Washington in March, a ministry spokesman said.

      The SPI takes place every two to three months to respond to threats from the North and discuss defense issues.

      Agencies or academics in the two countries have presented various opinions about the threat the North's WMDs pose, but the committee will make it possible for the two governments to officially assess the threat and work out responses.

      They agreed to launch the committee at the annual Security Consultative Meeting in Washington on Oct. 8.

      The two countries agreed chief delegates will convene twice a year and ordinary committee members will meet whenever necessary.

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