S Korea, Britain hold 1st strategic defence dialogue  

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During Monday’s talks, Shin asked for Britain’s support for the South’s policy for North Korea’s denuclearisation and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula…reports Asian Lite News

South Korea and Britain had their first vice-ministerial strategic defence dialogue in London earlier this week to discuss bilateral security cooperation, Seoul’s defence ministry said Tuesday.

Seoul’s Vice Defence Minister Shin Beom-chul and his British counterpart, Annabel Goldie, held the meeting on Monday to implement the defence segment of the “bilateral framework for closer cooperation” adopted during last month’s bilateral summit.

On the margins of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gathering in Madrid on June 30, President Yoon Suk-yeol and his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, adopted the framework for cooperation in politics, trade, security and other areas.

During Monday’s talks, Shin asked for Britain’s support for the South’s policy for North Korea’s denuclearisation and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Goldie said that Britain, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, will actively cooperate with the South so as to contribute to fostering a “sustainable” peace on the divided peninsula, according to the ministry.

Goldie also expressed Britain’s hope for stronger defence cooperation with the South, portraying Seoul as a regional strategic partner for its efforts to expand engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

The two sides also discussed the war in Ukraine, personnel exchanges between the two countries’ defence ministries and the expansion of cooperation in emerging security areas, such as cyberspace and outer space, the ministry said.

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