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S. Korea, US agree to build anti-bioterrorism system

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SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States have agreed to build a government-level integrated response system to better prepare for biological outbreaks and bioterrorism threats, a Seoul's defense ministry official said Sunday.

The surveillance system will allow the two countries to monitor and counter some 10 biological threats such as anthrax and smallpox, and potential biological weapons, the ministry official said.

"There was a joint awareness between the two nations to build a system to better counter various biochemical accidents and terror attacks amid frequent domestic and international threats," said the official.

Lee Nam-woo, who is in charge of the South Korean defense ministry's welfare department, signed the agreement with Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical and Biological Defense Carmen Spencer in Washington, D.C. on Friday, the official said.

The system will greatly enhance Seoul's defense technology against chemical and biological weapons, the official said, adding that the system will enable the two nations to share various information on vaccines and diseases as well.

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