S Korea to hold first meeting of national security panel this week

17:07, May 10, 2010      

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South Korean president Lee Myung-bak will preside over the first session of a newly formed national security panel later this week, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.

"President Lee Myung-bak will chair the first meeting of the Commission for National Security Review on May 13," Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Sun-kyoo said in a statement.

The commission will primarily be held to review South Korea's defense ability, check external threats, and share information on national security measures, and is scheduled to be operated for two or three months, the statement said.

The commission, comprised of five civilian experts and 10 officials with military backgrounds, was created last week to review South Korea's defense capabilities following the sinking of a South Korean naval warship on March 26, which local media and experts presumably said exposed the country's vulnerability to outside torpedo attacks.

Source: Xinhua
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