Yonhap News Agency, Seoul, November 24 (Xinhua) South Korea's Ministry of National Defense stated on the 24th that Defense Minister Lee Jong-sub, who is attending the 9th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Cambodia, held bilateral talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Tea Pan on the same day.
Li Zhongxie emphasized that South Korean President Yoon Suk-yue released the Korean version of the Indo-Pacific strategy at the South Korea-ASEAN Leaders Summit on the 11th of this month. This strategy respects the "centrality of ASEAN" and also strives for a harmonious connection with the "ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook" (AOIP) . He also mentioned South Korea's new ASEAN policy "South Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Concept" aimed at strengthening cooperation with ASEAN.
Lee Jong-seop said that the recent North Korean legislation on nuclear weapons, launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and preparations for the seventh nuclear test, the security situation on the Korean peninsula is very serious, and he expressed his gratitude to the Cambodian side for actively urging North Korea to abide by UN Security Council resolutions. Banh responded that the Cambodian side is fully aware of the current security situation on the Korean Peninsula. Since North Korea's nuclear missiles pose a threat to regional security, the Cambodian side will continue to implement the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against the DPRK.
Ban also thanked the South Korean Ministry of National Defense for transferring mobile and engineering equipment, and cooperated with the Cambodian side on military supplies, and hoped to further expand defense cooperation, such as inviting Cambodian military officers to receive training at Korean military training institutions, and signing a memorandum of understanding on expanding exchanges between the two armies in advance Wait. Lee Jong-seop said that the South Korean side will actively discuss it.
After the talks, the two defense ministers also signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in UN peacekeeping operations, which includes exchanges between the two countries on peacekeeping operations and sharing expertise with the assistance of the UN; cooperation in mission areas such as Lebanon and South Sudan Wait. In addition, the two sides also signed an agreement on the transfer of engineering equipment. According to the Ministry of National Defense, the donation of engineering equipment and assistance in training is the first case for South Korea to participate in the "United Nations Trilateral Cooperation Project" (UN TPP) project, providing relevant technologies to Cambodia to assist the activities of the UN peacekeeping force. (Finish)
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