During a visit by Seoul’s parliamentary intelligence committee chief, the world’s largest military alliance said it would work to strengthen cooperation with South Korea.
Kim Kyung-hyup, chairman of South Korea’s National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee, met with Stian Jenssen, director of the private office of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s secretary general, at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels on Friday, according to South Korean news service Newsis.
The two sides discussed shared security challenges during their meeting on Thursday.
“The talks addressed the situation on the Korean Peninsula, China’s rise, as well as opportunities for stronger cooperation between NATO and the Republic of Korea, including in the areas of cyber defense and arms control,” NATO said in statement.
The meeting between the South Korean representative and Jenssen comes after NATO condemned “malicious cyber activities, including the Microsoft Exchange Server compromise.”
“In line with our recent Brussels Summit Communiqué, we call on all states, including China, to uphold their international commitments and obligations and to act responsibly in the international system, including in cyberspace,” NATO said Monday.
On Thursday, the alliance said that it aims to “strengthen NATO’s global cooperation with like-minded partners, including in the Asia-Pacific, to defend the rules-based international order.”
Jenssen also said NATO “praises” South Korea’s “long-standing political and practical support for Afghanistan.
“NATO will continue to support Afghanistan by providing training and financial support for the Afghan security forces, a continued civilian presence in Kabul and funding to ensure the continued functioning of the international airport,” the organization said in statement.
NATO and the US agreed to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban agreeing to prohibit al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations from operating in Taliban-controlled areas.
U.S. President Joe Biden has set a September 11, 2021, deadline for a full withdrawal, the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.