South Korea Braces For Terrorism At The 2018 Winter Games

It’s difficult not to empathize with South Korea right now: The country is preparing to host the Pyeongchang winter games in February – a moment of immense national pride – as the risks of a terrorist attack (not to mention nuclear annihilation) have intensified.

To wit, Reuters reports that the South Korean government is taking precautions to assuage the international community’s fears. Police conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone.

South Korea Police and firemen were among around 420 personnel participating in the exercise, held in front of the Olympic Stadium at Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with North Korea as SWAT team members rehearsed a scenario where they shot down a drone with a bomb attached that was flying toward a bus carrying athletes.

In another situation, a terrorist takes a bus full of tourists hostage and tries to ram the vehicle into the stadium before being gunned down by police. Officers in gas masks also practiced removing a chemical bomb.

Anxiety on the Korean Peninsula has been rising in recent months due to a series of missile tests by North Korea as it continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of UN sanctions and warnings from the US.

“Please keep in mind that accidents always happen where no one has expected,” South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said.

 

“Please check until the last minute whether there are any security loopholes."

Lee did not mention North Korea, but South Korea’s Defense Ministry on Friday flagged risks that North Korea could resort to terrorist or cyber attacks to spoil international events.

Some 5,000 armed forces personnel will be deployed at the Winter Games, according to South Korean government officials and documents reviewed by Reuters.

Hacking is also a risk that the South Korean government is preparing for.

Pyeongchang’s organizing committee for the 2018 Games (POCOG) has also hired a private cyber security company to guard against a hacking attack from the North, tender documents show.

To minimize the risk of provoking an aggressive North Korean reaction during the games, South Korea has asked Washington to delay regular joint military exercises until after the Olympics, the Financial Times reported. The latest headlines suggest this request has been accepted and joint drills have been delayed until April.

Comments

TheSilentMajority USofAzzDownWeGo Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:28 Permalink

Fuck south korea for hosting the ridiculympics.

The olympics are the most corrupting bullshit ever created.

A bunch of corrupt olympic officials, corrupt politicians, and corrupt businessmen put it together. Then a corrupt group of adults play silly childrens games for riches.

It’s insitutional rape of the sheep at every turn. They are left with billions of new debt and dozens of ghost stadiums and false idols.

Boycott the Olympics and anyone who has anything to do
with thos disgusting “games”.

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shitshitshit Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:33 Permalink

well, if you bar russia and other sane countries and leave USA irseal and others, that shouldn't be such a surprise.and they should be happy the americanos don't bomb them down like they do on afghan weddings... 

LetThemEatRand Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:34 Permalink

Holy shit.  I hope the South Korean government is monitoring every movement of its population, and keeping them under constant surveillance, to protect them from the evil freedom hating government to the north.

silverer Fri, 12/15/2017 - 00:35 Permalink

If there's terrorism, I would bet dollars to donuts it's false flag on N Korea. My common sense computer tells me there's nothing to gain for N Korea by doing anything like that. If there were a terror attack, it will be a western government backed incident, 99%.

Ivan de beers Fri, 12/15/2017 - 02:31 Permalink

The biggest terrorists in human history (US military) are already in South korea. Time for worrying has long passed. Terrorists are gunning for war with North Korea now.

land_of_the_few Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:06 Permalink

Muslims don't give a hoot about SK because it has never been part of an invasion force in the ME. Plus, no-one is importing lots of military-age Muslim radicals into SK.And, NK doesn't cooperate with the usual terrorism projects which make use of such bad blood and emplaced elements.Not to say the West won't just go ahead and do it anyway. What a shame if some of the obvious Western dopers (biathon, bobsled, Nordic skiing) would get to visit St. Peter early. That is, generally any sport that has a sprint or muscle-mass requirement.By the way the gold medal allocations might look way different this time because the West will be subject to proper doping tests. For sure they will do some of their usual required doping ahead of time back home but it won't be so effective that way, plus everyone has their eye on the TUE Therapeutic Use Exemption abusers (Norway, UK, possibly US). That includes absolute epidemics of "athsma" so they can use things like Salbutamol inhalers.

Twee Surgeon Fri, 12/15/2017 - 03:50 Permalink

Olympics ? They are still doing that ? who goes to that crookedy old shit ? Didn't it all go Pro Athlete back in the 80's or something and lost all meaning as a venue to display up and coming athletes from the home towns of the world and was parlayed into Political pissing ceremony as far back as the 70's when all those Israelis got shot, but no, it was earlier. Forrest Gump kicked Chinese ass at Ping Pong after he won the Vietnam war. But wait, there's more ! Adolph Hitler made a nice little display of the Olympics and that black guy kidded all their asses. Jesse Owen was it, Then there was that Cassius Clay fella who changed his name to Mohammad Ali not long after the Olympics, was that the one with the Black Panther fist salute thing, the one memorialized on Antifa Flags and T-shirts to this very day?The Dream Team Ice Hockey victory and on and on...... London with it's freaky NHS opening show or whatever it was. I'm not saying that the Olympics is Politicized or anything but one might think it was all a bit spendy and theatrical and so much more. If anyone is into Sport at the Olympic level, I can get you a great deal on some very lightly used Stadiums and stuff down in Brazil and a few other places.  A fool and his money....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkkcs5JMiPs