South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to set up a monitoring system against bioterror threats from North Korea.
The Defense Ministry on Sunday said the contract to build a surveillance portal system against biological weapons was signed Friday at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
This system will detect and respond to the use of around 10 dangerous biological weapons such as anthrax and smallpox.
It will enable the South Korean military to receive information on vaccines and diseases from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, while the U.S. will benefit from real-time information gathered by South Korea.
A Defense Ministry official said the two countries agree "that we need to be prepared for the potential use of biological weapons by North Korea, especially after what happened in Syria."