Monday, December 10, 2007

Korea, Saudi Arabia agree on closer defense cooperation

from the Korean Overseas Information Service (South Korea)

Saudi Arabia is considering dispatching a defense attache to its embassy in Seoul to help promote bilateral military ties, Korea’s Defense Ministry said Monday. Saudi Arabia said it would push for the establishment of a diplomatic mission to handle defense affairs in Korea," said Lt. Col. Kim Gwang-woo, an official at the ministry’s international policy team. The Korean minister also asked for closer cooperation in the defense industry so that Korea can play a role in Saudi Arabia’s push for modernizing its military. "Crown Sultan expressed interest and understanding in the proposal," Kim said. Korea hopes to export Cheonma missiles with a range of 10 kilometers to Saudi Arabia, which is said to be planning to purchase about 400 surface-to-air missiles, according to industry sources. The winner of the contract will likely be decided at the end of this month, the sources said.

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