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S. Korean military to share anti-chemical expertise with OPCW members

2017/09/25 11:06

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SEOUL, Sept. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military unit tasked with chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) defense said Monday it will offer international training this week in partnership with a relevant global agency.

Fifteen delegates from a dozen Asian member states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will join the five-day program to open here later in the day, according to the CBR Defense Command.

The countries include Nepal, Pakistan, Iran and the Philippines, it added.

Under the annual training program launched in 2005, an advanced member of the OPCW provides developing ones with education and technology related to the fight against possible CBR attacks.

This file photo shows foreign delegates taking a class during a 2013 anti-chemical weapon training session offered by South Korea's CBR Defense Command. (Yonhap) This file photo shows foreign delegates taking a class during a 2013 anti-chemical weapon training session offered by South Korea's CBR Defense Command. (Yonhap)

Participants will learn how to use protective equipment and materials against chemical weapons as well as ways to counter terrorist attacks using the weapons, said the command.

All training sessions will be available in English.

"The education this time will serve as a chance for South Korea, a member of the OPCW's Executive Council, to transfer its superb anti-chemical technology to other member countries and enhance our country's international stature through the exchange and cooperation with them," Army Brig. Gen. Huh Yoo-bong, the commander of the unit, said.

The Hague-based OPCW is an intergovernmental organization designed to promote and verify the adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention which prohibits the use of chemical weapons and requires their destruction.

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