Security for nuclear summit is shaping up
The suitcase is wrapped in explosion-proof material, and the SWAT team retreats. A robot is sent toward the suitcase, shooting high-pressure water at it. The suitcase explodes with a roaring sound.
That was a scene yesterday at COEX, the venue of the upcoming Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, as Seoul practiced its security for the March 26-27 event, which will be host to more foreign dignitaries than any other meeting held in Korea, including the Group of 20 summit of November 2010.
For the summit, security authorities plan to set up three to four layers of security lines around COEX, and entry of nonparticipants will be limited. Police snipers will be mobilized on roofs in the vicinity. On the Han River, which runs through the capital, high-speed patrol vessels will be put into service, police said. The military’s surface-to-air missiles will be set up in several places. During the two-day summit, the subway will not stop at Samseong Station on line No. 2, which is linked to COEX.
The police and military will patrol all subway stations in Seoul in case terrorists decide to target areas other than COEX. Approximately 60,000 military and police officers will be mobilized during the summit. From March 23, most police in Seoul will be mobilized for security.
“Since it’s the largest conference ever in Korea, we have many things to take care of,” said a government official. “It feels like I have become a conductor of an orchestra.”
The leaders of 54 countries, including Korea, and four international organizations will come to the summit. Vehicles will have to transport those leaders nonstop between their hotels and COEX, and the situation room has GPS that can locate any of the vehicles in seconds.
The government is asking intelligence agencies of other countries for information on 47 terrorist groups across the world.
By Lee Chul-jae, Lee Seung-ho [email@example.com]