Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn requested government authorities to tighten security on ministries and national infrastructure such as banks, transportation, broadcasting and energy services during the Cabinet meeting held at the Government Complex-Seoul on Dec. 13.
“The cyber war is already on and North Korea is vigilant in carrying out cyber-attacks on our national facilities, as witnessed by the recent hacking of the military intranet,” he said. “Please intensify our comprehensive defense system as had been done last March when we passed anti-terror law to systematically combat terrorism in conjunction with the anti-terror center,” he added.
He continued, “Related government bodies such as the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning should close any loopholes in the security system and prevent such terror attacks by taking thorough measures and abiding by basic principles.”
Regarding the relatively stable financial indexes despite political uncertainties, he commented that “the Korean economy has firm foundation that has earned trust home and abroad.” He added, “This is because the government has maintained a steady economic policy and has strived to address changes as quickly as possible.”
However, he also expressed concern over the economy saying, “There are worries over the negative impact of domestic political events on the financial markets and the possibility of a rise in U.S. interest rates.” He requested that “Relevant authorities such as the Financial Services Commission and Ministry of Strategy and Finance should closely monitor the conditions of the financial market as well as the foreign exchange market to take rapid and airtight action in a timely manner.”
By Kim Young Shin
Korea.net Staff Writer
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