U.S., South Korea launch new technology partnership

U.S., South Korea launch new technology partnership
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The United States and South Korea on Thursday launched a bilateral partnership focused on deepening technological collaboration, aiming to find solutions for security issues, natural disasters and infectious diseases.

The agreement between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technologies was confirmed in a memorandum of understanding.

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“This is a great opportunity to discuss mutual challenges, shared priorities, and joint opportunities that will yield benefits and positive impact to our citizens,” William Bryan, a DHS senior official performing the duties of the under secretary for science and technology, said in a statement.

“Both of us bring a wealth of technical expertise and creative insights, which collectively can help achieve better informed decisions on where research and development investments can and should be made.”

South Korea is the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's 13th bilateral partner.

Going forward, the U.S. and South Korea will engage in joint research, researcher exchanges and conferences between relevant organizations.

The memorandum also encourages direct contacts between experts on both sides of the Pacific.