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Cambodia vows to join int'l community in pressuring N. Korea: defense ministry

2016/06/29 15:50

SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to join South Korea and the international community in pressing North Korea to cease its military provocations, Seoul's defense ministry said Wednesday.

The announcement followed a meeting between the South Korean vice defense minister and the Cambodian leader.

"Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed again the Cambodian government's proactive support for the direction of (the South Korean) government's policies in regard to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement. He also reasserted "continuing participation in the international community's efforts against North Korea, including the faithful implementation of the United Nations Security Council's resolutions."

   The prime minister also said Cambodia plans to reconfigure its ties with North Korea in light of the international efforts, the ministry noted.

The Cambodian leader's meeting with Vice Defense Minister Hwang In-moo was held in the Southeast Asian country late Tuesday.

A 12-member delegation led by Hwang is currently on a two-nation visit to Cambodia and Laos, aimed at shoring up bilateral defense relations with the countries traditionally close to North Korea.

In a separate meeting, Hwang agreed with Neang Phat, Cambodia's deputy defense minister, to open a regular meeting between their defense ministries to discuss ways to tighten their defense cooperation, the ministry here said.

They also vowed to cement collaboration in the sectors like military education, defense supplies, antiterrorism efforts and peace-keeping operations, it added.

"Both of the vice ministers reconfirmed that North Korea's nuclear test is a clear violation of UNSC resolutions. ... They agreed to cooperate closely in order to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, which poses serious threats to the Korean Peninsula and the region," the ministry said.

North Korea was slapped with a fresh set of UNSC sanctions after the country conducted a fourth nuclear test and long-range missile launch earlier in the year in defiance of warnings by the international community not to engage in such activities.