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Military Justifiably Worried About Y2K

Jan 05,1999
Missiles may accidentally be fired or the early warning system may fail due to computer errors caused by the Y2K. The government plans to devise countermeasures to avoid these serious potential disasters.
A high-ranking official in the Ministry of Information and Communications (MOIC) said on January 5, 'The Y2K has the potential to cause serious problems in our military. So, recently, we proposed to the Ministry of National Defense (MOND) to form a system in conjunction with North Korea in order to establish a hot line for contingent situations.'
The most serious problem is that an early warning system may recognize a 'missile attack' which in reality is not happening due to the Y2K.
In regards to this, a source at the MOND said, 'We have yet to conclude anything. But, for emergency cases, it is necessary to form a hot line.'
It is more serious in North Korea because most of its equipment is older Russian or Chinese products.
Recently, a high-ranking official said in the Russian Duma said, 'It seems that 80 percent of Russian equipment related to defense will be affected by the Y2K.'
Last September, the U.S. and Russia signed an agreement to establish 'a hot line which can confirm the ongoing situation by conventional means'.



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