"The outbreak of terrorist attacks against civilians is increasing overseas… Prevention comes as the top priority when it comes to terrorism," the prime minister said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency, during a visit to a police and military anti-terrorism training session near Seoul.
South Korean government organizations must strengthen coordination in countering potential terrorist threats, he stressed.
Security force teams carried out bomb disposal training drills and practiced dealing with hostage situation during the exercises, according to the media outlet.
In March, South Korea's parliament passed an anti-terrorism bill, backed by President Park Geun-hye, which was first proposed some 15 years ago. The bill envisaged a new surveillance unit under the auspices of the country's intelligence agency. The organization, vested with high surveillance powers, is to be tasked with carrying out investigations and analysis in order to trace and prevent possible attacks.