Korea, Japan to Monitor Volcanic Activity on Mt. Baekdu

Korea and Japan will join hands to develop technology to monitor volcanic activity on Mt. Baekdu. The National Science and Technology Commission said Wednesday a bilateral technology cooperation council met and agreed to the plan.

Starting next year, Korea's National Institute for Disaster Prevention and the Japan Disaster Prevention Research Institute will jointly develop technology to predict volcanic eruptions on Mt. Baekdu and minimize damage. Earlier, the NSTC created a W3 billion (US$1=W1,122) research and development budget.

The Korea-Japan technology cooperation council is an organization that links both governments and has the capacity to form national R&D policies and set budgets. It first met in 2007 and has been meeting annually since alternating between the two sides.

NSTC official Kim Cha-dong said, "We're going to expand policy exchanges and joint research to deal with natural disasters, not only with Japan but with other countries."

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 03, 2011 12:33 KST