S Korea police inspect mail bound for G20 summit

The military and police have been put on the highest level of security alert.

Seoul: South Korean police said on Thursday they have started inspecting all mail delivered to the venue of next week`s G20 summit in Seoul amid heightened security fears after a Yemen parcel bomb plot.

Seoul will host world leaders including US President Barack Obama for the Group of 20 summit from November 11-12, in what is considered the nation`s biggest appearance on the world stage since the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

The military and police have been put on the highest level of security alert to guard the summit against any disruptions by North Korea or international terrorists.

The summit will take place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre (COEX) in southern Seoul, which houses hundreds of companies.

Police said all mail and parcels addressed to COEX are being inspected by X-ray scanners and sniffer dogs.

They said parcel delivery services to COEX would be not allowed next week. Recipients should collect their packages in person at separate storage sites and pass through security checkpoints to bring them into the centre.

Police will also strengthen X-ray inspections at airports and hotels where G20 leaders will stay.

The move came after parcels sent from Yemen and containing explosives were uncovered in Britain and Dubai on cargo planes en route to the United States.

A Greek parcel bomb plot has seen packages mailed to European leaders and foreign embassies in Athens. The government said on Wednesday the plot is not linked to organised international terrorism.

Bureau Report

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