In November, South Korea will play host to the G20 summit in Seoul. And ahead of the meeting, they staged an anti-terror drill, part of an effort to make sure security forces are prepared for anything and everything that might occur.
South Korea staged an anti-terrorist drill and a civil defense exercise in Seoul on Wednesday.
The drill was held where the Group of 20 summit will be held in November.
As chair nation of the group of major economies in the world, South Korea will not only set the agenda for the meeting, but will also lead the members in finding solutions to the global financial crisis.
To make the summit a success, the city government says they will place an emphasis on providing "comfortable lodging," "convenient transportation" and "perfect security" to visitors.
While the U.S. and South Korean militaries staged joint military drills, South Korean government employees along with military and civilians held nationwide drills.
During the drills, hypothetical terror situations such as kidnappings and bus attacks with bombs were demonstrated.
Citizens have mixed feelings as they see increasing numbers of anti-terror exercises.
"I did not think we had any threats by terrorist attacks. But I realized, when I saw today's anti-terrorist training, that the two Koreas are in a truce without a peace treaty, so we face a threat of attacks and we should be prepared against it."
Others said they like to see peaceful relations with the North.
"I know many people talk about lots of North Korean provocations nowadays. I hope the relationship between the two Koreas would be peaceful like in the past."
Earlier in the day, the government also conducted civil defense training with sirens ringing across the city.
Cars were stopped during the 15-minute training and citizens on the streets were guided by policemen to underground places.
North and South Korea are still technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce without a peace treaty.