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Korea uncertain on sending combat troops to Iraq
South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) is still undecided whether to lend military support to the US-led strike against Iraq. As part of the alliance against terrorism, Korea has actively supported the US war on terror. However, as policy, Korea does not plan to send combat troops according to a ministry source.
However, the MND announced to the National Assembly its plans to complete by 2010 two 13,000-ton LP-X landing ships that could double as light aircraft carriers that could operate AV-8Bs. Meanwhile, Grand National Party leader Suh Chong-won told the National Assembly that North Korea stockpiled between 2,500 and 5,000 tons of biological chemicals and weapons, and it has an annual capacity of production of 4,500 tons.
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