South Korea begins anti-chemical weapons training

The Yonhap News has reported that South Korea this week began its annual anti-chemical weapons training program event in conjunction with several other Asian nations.

The program, which is the only one of its kind in Asia according to South Korea's Ministry of Defense, will train officials from 18 Asian countries in methods for dealing with certain terrorism scenarios, including CBRN attacks, according to Yonhap News.

South Korea began first began offering the course to officials annually in 2005. The courses are jointly conducted by South Korean officials and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Yonhap News reports.

Twenty-three officials from 18 countries will attend the training program. Yonhap News says that the nations of Jordan, Malaysia and Uzbekistan will be represented as well as others.

The training program will offer courses in dealing with attacks involving chemical weapons, methods for detecting chemical warfare agents and decontaminating chemical warfare agents, Yonhap News reports.

South Korea has become all too familiar with dealing with chemical weapons threats in recent times. Neighboring North Korea is believed to have a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, and has pursued nuclear weaponry, Yonhap News reports. North Korea has not yet signed an anti-chemical weapons pact either.