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VN, RoK expand defence dialogue

Update: November, 16/2013 - 09:26
Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh (R) and his RoK counterpart Baek Seung-joo.— Photo vov

SEOUL (VNS)— Viet Nam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) yesterday held their second strategic defence dialogue in Seoul , during which they reviewed bilateral defence co-operation outcomes over recent years and plotted the direction of future collaboration.

During the dialogue, co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh and his RoK counterpart Baek Seung-joo, the two sides also discussed the security situation in Northeast and Southeast Asia, as well as the armed forces capabilities and defence policies of each country.

They agreed that there were positive developments in regional security but acknowledged that risks still remained.

While nuclear matters, conflict risks, non-traditional security issues and maritime safety scares faced the Northeast Asian region, Southeast Asia was encountering problems in maritime security, territorial disputes and piracy, they said.

The two sides were unanimous that all security challenges must be settled through peaceful methods on the basis of international law, especially through strengthening dialogues between countries, thus preventing clashes from being exacerbated.

They also agreed that some new challenges were emerging, including those around non-traditional security and cyber security.

Regarding bilateral defence ties, the two sides worked together to develop and deepen the contents of the Viet Nam-RoK memorandum of understanding on defence co-operation, as well as the contents agreed by the two defence ministers.

They also defined key issues to focus on in the future, including the increase of delegation exchanges, discussion of strategic matters, as well as enhancement of co-operation in training, military medicine and cyber security.

Earlier, the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation attended the second Seoul Defence Dialogue from November 11-13, where they gave opinions on Northeast Asia region peace and co-operation initiatives, plus comprehensive security in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Vietnamese delegation also shared its stance on the global non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the role Asia-Pacific states play in this area.

The delegation also co-chaired a discussion on the building of sound defence plans with a limited budget. — VNS

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