Security all set for Seoul nuke summit
By Shim Hyun-chul, Park Si-soo
Thunderous bangs are heard and yellowish toxic smoke starts billowing from a terrace on the second floor of the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
Several heavily-armed terrorists in black combat gear quickly rappel down into the building in an attempt to launch a deadly attack on President Lee Myung-bak.
Lee’s security officials dash to the scene and engage the invaders with a barrage of gunshots, turning the high-security place into chaos.
But don’t fret.
This was part of an anti-terrorism drill hosted by the presidential office on Monday ahead of the 2010 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit. Leaders of more than 50 countries and international organizations will participate in the March 26 and 27 summit whose ultimate goal is making a world free of nuclear terrorism.
“Detailed measures have been set up to provide participating leaders with thorough security services during the summit,” said Eo Cheong-soo, head of the presidential security service. Cheong Wa Dae displayed security equipment to be used during the event.
Prior to the exercise, the President was briefed about the measures by the summit’s preparatory secretariat.
On top of this, the government has selected some 400 highly-skilled drivers, mostly with police and military backgrounds, to transport participating leaders during the meeting.
Korea’s Hyundai and Germany’s BMW are set to provide luxury sedans armed with state-of-the-art technology during the summit, according to the secretariat. Some countries, including the United States and Russia, will use their own presidential vehicles, it said.