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Government to set up NSC committee and secretariat

Updated: 2013-12-20 PM 10:47:31 (KST)
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With the security situation on the Korean peninsula becoming increasingly tense after the execution of Jang Song-thaek, the Park administration has unveiled a new set of measures to strengthen the line-up of its national security office and the function of the National Security Council, or NSC.
The government plans to revise the law to set up a standing committee and a secretariat of the NSC.
National Security Chief Kim Jang-soo will head the committee, which will be in charge of reviewing the government's foreign affairs and security related policies once every week, and devising measures to counter any pending issues.
NSC meetings will be convened any time the president thinks it is necessary.
The NSC secretariat, meanwhile, will systematically support the preparations and management of NSC or working-level committee meetings.

"We aim to create a system in which we can more actively and efficiently respond to the rapidly changing situation on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia by establishing a single channel system for security related meetings and a systematic decision-making process for security related polices."

There are new positions that will be created under the national security chief -- first and second deputy directors.
The first deputy director will head the NSC secretariat. and the current senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs and national security will hold an additional position as the second deputy director.
The office of the international cooperation secretary under the national security office will be changed into the office of policy management secretaryand the office of security startegy secretary will be newly created to set up mid- to long-term security plans.

"The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae says it will work with the National Assembly to, first, revise the law to create the committee and secretariat of the NSC, which are expected to boost the role of the national security office as the country's security control tower.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News."

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