South Korea seeks to increase bioweapon, WMD defense

Military officials for the defense ministry of South Korea said on Thursday that the country plans to undergo restructuring in an effort to strengthen the military's defense against cyber warfare and weapons of mass destruction.

Under the proposed changes, the ministry's department of non-proliferation would be renamed the department of WMD response. Officials working in that department would form the country's defense policy against potential WMD attacks from North Korea, providing the necessary guidelines for successful defense, Yonhap News Agency reports.

This newly-named department would also oversee nuclear policies, missile defense, response to chemical and biological weapons, and non-proliferation. Another change would see the information protection team renamed to the cyber protection policy team. This team would come up with a South Korean response to the cyber warfare threats of North Korea.

"North Korea has continuously developed missiles, nuclear weapons and chemical and biological weapons," an official for the defense ministry said, according to Yonhap News Agency. "We're also aware of actual cyber attacks by North Korea. We need to develop policies to actively respond to such instances, and to strengthen roles and functions for relevant departments, accordingly."

Under the proposed change, the ministry would increase the number of civil servants employed there from 621 to 634.