SEOUL, The government said Tuesday that it plans to set up instruments designed to measure fine dust in inter-Korean border areas in order to better assess possible impacts of the pollutant from neighboring countries.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed on the day, the environment and defense ministries agreed to work together to install outdoor dust collectors along the border with North Korea "to monitor and analyze fine dust from the North and China, in particular," according to the officials.

It did not elaborate further on the plan, including a specific timeframe and exact regions.

As part of nationwide efforts to reduce the pollution, the defense ministry also vowed to analyze fine dust emissions from military facilities while replacing old, diesel military vehicles by the end of this year.

The two ministries also agreed to hold a policy coordination meeting on a regular basis to share information on the matter and push for related projects in a stable fashion.

Meanwhile, the defense ministry said Tuesday it has completed the installation of around 60,000 air purifiers at military barracks across the country in order to better protect the health of servicepersons.

Last month, South Korea designated fine dust as a social disaster as the intensity and frequency of the air pollution has increased in recent months. A large portion of the fine dust is believed to blow in from China.

Source: Yonhap news Agency