S. Korean gov't plans new security office

Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:38 PM

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Incoming South Korean government officials said they will create an "office of national security" to deal with threats from North Korea.

Yonhap News Agency said President-elect Park Geun-hye proposed the idea during her campaign. She said the office will be responsible for "responding to national crisis issues in a swift and responsible manner."

Park takes office Feb. 25 and will immediately step into a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea recently successfully tested a long-range missile and in 2010 the two nations traded live fire after the North bombed a disputed coastal island, killing four South Koreans.

Park said the office will be hosted at her presidential house to provide greater access should another crisis arise.

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