SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- South Korea will describe
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as an "immediate and grave
threat" to its national security in its defense white paper for 2008, the South
Korean Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
"This year we have decided to term it a threat both
immediate and grave," said Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry.
In the biyearly defense white book for 2004 and 2006,
South Korea has defined DPRK an "immediate" or "grave" security threat,
respectively. It was the first time in recent years that Seoul used the two
terms simultaneously in a single white paper.
The Defense Ministry said it plans to release the new
defense white paper on Friday.
The new white paper came amid the rising tensions
over the Korean Peninsula as the DPRK and South Korea have heightened military
confrontation along their land border and disputed maritime borders in the