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S. Korea to run temporary consular office in Russia during World Cup

2018/06/11 16:08

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SEOUL, June 11 (Yonhap) -- The government said Monday it will run a temporary consular office in Russia later this month to help South Korean visitors to the World Cup soccer finals in case of terrorism or other accidents, officials said Monday.

The consular office will be open in three locations where South Korea are set to play group-round matches: Nizhny Novgorod from June 17-19; Rostov-on-Don from June 23-25; and Kazan from June 26-28. Should South Korea advance to the knockout round of 16, the consular office is expected to extend its operation, officials said.

The government finalized the decision during an anti-terrorism meeting of senior officials from nine government ministries and agencies, including the National Intelligence Service, the presidential National Security Office, the Foreign Ministry and the National Police Agency.

During the meeting, officials also assessed terrorism risks during the Asian Games to be held in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang from Aug. 18-Sept. 2, and decided to put together measures to protect South Korean visitors in case of terrorism.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation, and a series of terrorist attacks have happened in the country until recently, including terrorist bombings in the city of Surabaya on May 13, which left 13 dead and 40 others wounded.

jschang@yna.co.kr

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