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S. Korea launches gov't-military dialogue body on defense projects

Defense 17:04 April 03, 2019

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Wednesday launched a government-military consultative body on weapons acquisition, defense exports and related policies as part of defense reform measures.

Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk and Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) chief Wang Jung-hong jointly presided over the inaugural session of the body that involved officials from relevant government agencies and all armed services.

"Delays in arms deployment and difficulties facing the industrial sector occur due to differences among relevant organizations over defense projects and military policy issues," the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

"The consultative body was launched to address such problems in the context of the ongoing defense reform initiative," it added, referring to the initiative aimed at creating a smaller yet smarter military by harnessing cutting-edge technologies.

At the first session, participants discussed ways to support local defense firms' exports and strengthen the professionalism of officials involved in arms procurement, among other issues.

Government and military officials attend the inaugural session of a new consultative body on defense projects and policy at the defense ministry in Seoul on April 3, 2019, in this photo provided by the ministry. (Yonhap)

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