It′s been seventy days since the U.S. military
mistakenly sent live anthrax samples to a U.S. air force base in Korea.
To leave no stone unturned on the disturbing case， the two countries launched their first
joint investigation into the matter. Kim Hyun－bin reports.
Officials from Korea and the United States conducted a joint on－site inspection of
Osan Air Base on Thursday， after a live anthrax sample was mistakenly sent there in
April. The defense ministry says the visit is aimed
at calming public concerns by having firsthand verification about whether appropriate safety
measures were taken at the facility. The group looked at how the anthrax sample
came onto the base and the steps that were taken thereafter，… including the sample′s
disposal. The erroneous shipment has raised calls in
Korea for the government to have much stronger oversight of biological agents brought into
the country by the U.S. military. In May， the Pentagon announced that live
anthrax samples had been sent by accident from a military laboratory in Utah to other
labs in the U.S. and several foreign countries， including Korea.
A joint working group launched earlier this month is currently reviewing law revisions
aimed at preventing a recurrence of the incident. ″Korea′s defense ministry says that it
will do everything necessary to prevent similar incidents from recurring， adding that it
will get to the source of the problem， no matter how long it takes.
Kim Hyun－bin， Arirang News.″