South Korea vulnerable to North Korean bioattack

South Korea remains particularly vulnerable to an attack by North Korea using biological weapons because of it lacks proper equipment, a South Korean opposition lawmaker recently declared.

Democratic Party Rep. Shin Hak-yong said that the South’s military currently uses vehicle-based biological weapons sensors that are only capable of detecting four kinds of biological agents, despite the fact that North Korea possesses at least 13 types of agents, according to

"We have particular concerns with the activities of North the biological weapons context, but also because of their…support for terrorism and their lack of compliance with international obligations," Assistant Secretary of State John C. Rood said in 2009, reports.

The lawmaker said that the vehicles are antiquated. They were originally introduced into service in 2002, ahead of the 2002 World Cup finals South Korea co-hosted with Japan.

Shin said that South Korean military planners have commissioned a local firm to produce a new type of biological weapons detector capable of identifying 10 types of agents in a span of two minutes, but it is not scheduled for deployment until 2013 at the earliest.

The military has plans to place the new sensors at major airports, ports and military facilities.

"Our military's defense has been excessively focused on preparedness for North Korea's chemical attacks, rather than for its biological attacks," Shin said, reports.