South Korea hosts Ninth Regional Assistance and Protection course

The Government of the Republic of Korea and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons organized the ninth Regional Assistance and Protection course for Asian States Parties from May 27 to 31.

The course was held in Seoul and supported by the CBRN Training Centre in Korea. It was attended by 20 training experts from 13 States Parties in the region, including Afghanistan, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

The course offered the experts basic information on how to use protective equipment against toxic chemicals. It also taught the instructors how to monitor, detect and decontaminate in the event of a chemical weapon incident.

The participants gained knowledge of chemical agents used as weapons, including toxic industrial chemicals and how to use individual protective equipment, detection equipment and decontamination equipment.

The course also reviewed information about implementing Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which reminds States Parties that the use of chemical weapons is prohibited by the Convention and training courses are not an excuse to develop or experiment with chemical agents.

During the course, the Korean Army demonstrated an emergency response to the use of chemical weapons. Participants also watched proper protection, detection and decontamination systems by manufacturers and distributors.