South Korea discusses bioterror response plan

While meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, South Korea’s defense minister, Kim Tae-Young, discussed the country’s reaction to a potential North Korean attack using biological weapons.

Kim addressed the issue of weapons of mass destruction to reporters covering the two-day 42nd annual security meeting of the U.S. and South Korea's defense officials, GovExec.com reported.

“We are currently in the process of coordinating the details of immediate response in the case of a biological threat from North Korea,” Kim said, according to GovExec.com. "We cannot eliminate the possibility of a situation of instability in North Korea that would influence the security of both [U.S and South Korean] governments. It is the responsibility of both governments to prepare for all possible contingencies."

Gates was adamant about the U.S. response.

“North Korea’s provocations and aggressions will not be tolerated,” Gates said, according to the GovExec.com report.

The bilateral meeting took place shortly after reports from North Korea on Friday confirmed that Kim Jong-Il will be succeeded by one of his three sons, Kim Jong-Un.

"We cannot eliminate the possibility of a situation of instability in North Korea that would influence the security of both [U.S and South Korean] governments," Kim said, GovExec.com reports. "It is the responsibility of both governments to prepare for all possible contingencies.