Australia to participate anti-WMD exercise in S. Korea

20:01, October 13, 2010      

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Australia on Wednesday announced it will join forces with the United States and Japan in the maritime defense exercise held in the Republic of Korea.

The maritime defense exercise, Eastern Endeavour 2010, is a part of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), and will be held in South Korean port city of Busan on Oct. 13 and 14.

According to the statement released by Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Defense Minister Stephen Smith, the exercise aim to stop the movement of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by terrorists and countries which are of proliferation concern.

Kevin Rudd indicated the exercise has reflected Australia's commitment to stopping the further spread of WMDs.

Australia will contribute an Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) P-3 aircraft, and a national inter-agency team of officials will be involved in a PSI tabletop exercise run in conjunction with the live exercise.

South Korea joined the PSI in May last year, and the exercise is the first of its kind the country has hosted since then.

Source: Xinhua


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