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(LEAD) S. Korean, Indian defense chiefs vow closer ties on N. Korea

2017/06/14 15:34

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SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministers of South Korea and India on Wednesday agreed to deepen their partnership on regional security issues and expand defense industry cooperation, Seoul's ministry said.

Defense Minister Han Min-koo briefed his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley on the security conditions involving North Korea in their talks here, according to Han's office.

It was the first meeting between the defense chiefs of the two countries in two years.

"He requested that India continuously participate in the international community's efforts for sanctions and pressure on North Korea," it said.

South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley in their meeting in Seoul on June 14, 2017 in this photo provided by Han's ministry. (Yonhap) South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley in their meeting in Seoul on June 14, 2017 in this photo provided by Han's ministry. (Yonhap)

The ministers talked about ways to promote defense education-related exchanges, maritime security and defense industry cooperation.

The Indian minister is on a visit to South Korea to attend the second annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to open Friday on the southern resort island of Jeju.

Since establishing formal diplomatic relations with each other in 1973, South Korea and India have maintained close ties in various fields.

During a trip here by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2015, the two sides agreed to upgrade the bilateral relationship to a "special strategic partnership."

   The two nations are scheduled to hold a two-plus-two meeting between their vice foreign and defense ministers in the latter half of this year.

lcd@yna.co.kr

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