SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) -- The government will publicly release a new national security policy paper early next month to expand people's understanding and consensus on its security strategy and to gain international support for it, Cheong Wa Dae said Friday.

South Korea draws up the "national security strategy guidelines" usually every five years -- once every time a new administration comes in -- to outline the administration's policy directions and principles on national security issues.

The government of President Moon Jae-in plans to issue a public release version of the new policy paper early next month after Moon's approval, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said. About 20,000 copies of the Korean-language version will be released first and an English version will be released later, he said.

"The National Security Strategy Guidelines is the highest-level document with regard to security policy," Kim said. "It provides basic guidelines for the policy directions in the areas of foreign affairs, unification, national defense and crisis management."

Kim said the government decided to release a public version of the paper in order to "broaden people's consensus and win support from the international community."

Source: Yonhap News Agency