South Korea releases bioterrorism response guidelines

According to a ruling party lawmaker, the defense ministry of South Korea has dispensed guidelines for responding to alleged bioterrorism threats posed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The defense ministry sent out the 130 page guidelines on the recommended responses to bioterrorism and the successive medical support to all military units. The guidelines are the first of their kind to be created by South Korea's defense ministry, Xinhua reports.

The guidelines offer detailed explanation on 13 bioterrorism agents that the DPRK is believed to have large amounts of, including smallpox, plague and anthrax.

"There is an urgent need to develop additional vaccines against bioterrorism," Song Young-sun, a lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party, said, according to Xinhua.

The U.S. and South Korea have conducted joint drills since 2010 aimed at identifying, detecting and neutralizing biological and chemical weapons that the DPRK allegedly possesses.

"North Korea's biological agents are asymmetrical weapons that can cause overwhelming chaos and damage, and we need to quickly develop additional vaccines," Song Young-sun said, according to Yonhap News. "Under the new North Korean leadership of Kim Jong-un, things could change suddenly on the peninsula. We have to be fully prepared for bioterrorism and other sorts of threats."