The Straits Times
Published on Sep 26, 2012

S. Korean president holds top-level security meet


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Lee Myung Bak convened a top-level security meeting on Wednesday to discuss growing tensions on the maritime border with North Korea ahead of the South's presidential election.

"Issues related to North Korea and other outstanding diplomatic and security matters will be discussed at the meeting," presidential Blue House spokesman Lee Mi Yon said.

Participants included the unification and defence ministers, the first vice foreign minister, the head of the National Intelligence Service and the senior presidential security advisor, she said.

On Monday, Mr Lee warned of "growing threats" to the country's maritime security, posed by North Korea and regional territorial disputes over isolated island chains.