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NATO urged to provide support to deter North Korea’s provocations and strengthen defense cooperation

The defense minister met with the alliance operations commander

Minister Shin Won Sik noted “continued mutual cooperation”

He emphasized close cooperation between Joint Chiefs of Staff and Allied Operations Command

They discussed security situation on the Korean Peninsula and outstanding issues


Defense Minister Shin Won Sik (left) met with NATO

In the afternoon of February 29, Defense Minister Shin Won Sik met with NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Christopher Cavoli at the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan, Seoul.


Minister Shin and Commander Cavoli noted that both sides have continued mutual cooperation in various areas such as military training, cybersecurity and CBRN defense.


In particular, both sides pledged to further step up defense ties through the Individually Tailored Partnership Program (ITPP) signed at the NATO summit last July. ITPP is a document that prescribes the framework of cooperation between South Korea and NATO in 11 areas including dialogue and consultation, cybersecurity, disarmament and nonproliferation, interoperability, cooperation in anti-terrorism, climate change and security, emerging technologies, and women and peace.


Minister Shin told the commander that the international community’s collaboration in deterring and responding to North Korea’s provocations is more crucial than ever. He explained the Korean government’s efforts to counter the North Korea’s ongoing provocations, including repeated ballistic missile launches, amidst a grave security situation. Minister Shin sought NATO’s interest and support in addressing these challenges.


Minister Shin added that the security of the Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific regions are inseparable. He underscored Korea's commitment to enhancing defense cooperation with NATO, which is an important partner in Korea's Indo-Pacific strategy.


Furthermore, both sides shared the view that defense cooperation between South Korea and NATO, which are committed to core values such as liberal democracy and human rights, will contribute to international peace and security. They pledged to advance Korea-NATO defense cooperation and to closely communicate major outstanding security issues.

This is the first visit to South Korea by a NATO alliance operations commander.


By Hyun-woo, Seo <>

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