President Yoon Seok-yeol met with NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg… Korea-NATO Cooperation Discussion
▲President Yoon Seok-yeol, who is visiting Lithuania to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit, shakes hands with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Summit in Vilnius on the 11th before a meeting. (yunhap news)
On the 11th (local time), President Yoon Seok-yeol, who is visiting Vilnius, Lithuania to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO/NATO) Summit, met with NATO/NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on the 11th (local time) to discuss 11 areas, including cyber and new technologies. Adopted a cooperation document.
President Yoon met with NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and exchanged views on △Korea-NATO cooperation △the war in Ukraine △North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
President Yun highly praised the continued development of cooperative relations between Korea and NATO as partners sharing core values. In particular, the two sides welcomed the signing of the Korea-NATO Individualized Partnership Program (ITPP) on the occasion of the NATO Summit, and assessed that the conclusion of the ITPP provided a stepping stone to further institutionalize bilateral cooperation. President Yoon also discussed ways to drastically strengthen information sharing with NATO.
The ITPP adopted by Korea and NATO on this day is an individually customized partnership program that contains new cooperation measures in 11 areas, including science and technology, counterterrorism, cyber security, and emerging technologies. The existing cooperation document between Korea and NATO, which was previously signed in 2019, is an upgrade of the ‘International Partnership Cooperation Program’ (IPCP). The 11 cooperation areas are △dialogue and consultation △cooperation against terrorism △disarmament and nonproliferation △emerging technology △cyber defense △capacity development and interoperability △substantive cooperation for interoperability △science and technology △climate change and security △women’s peace and security △public diplomacy etc.
In addition, President Yoon explained Korea’s plan to establish an ‘International Cyber Training Center’ and host international cyber training as a leading cyber security country in the Indo-Pacific region, and to establish close cooperation between the Korea International Cyber Training Center and NATO’s Cyber Defense Cooperation Center (CCDCOE). He said that he hopes that cooperation will take place. Secretary-General Stoltenberg evaluated Korea’s role as Asia’s first member of the NATO Cyber Defense Cooperation Center and said he hoped to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of cybersecurity, a transborder threat.
In addition, President Yoon reaffirmed the ROK’s unwavering support for Ukraine and praised the leadership of Secretary-General Stoltenberg, who has led NATO since 2014. Stoltenberg expressed his appreciation for the Korean government’s support for the people of Ukraine.
President Yoon asked for continued support from NATO, saying, “The international community must send a stern message in response to North Korea’s illegal nuclear and missile provocations.” Secretary-General Stoltenberg reaffirmed his support for the ROK government’s efforts for complete denuclearization of North Korea and sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula.
▲President Yoon Seok-yeol, who is attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, signed the Individualized Partnership Program (ITPP) at the meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Summit in Vilnius on the 11th, taking a commemorative photo are doing (yunhap news)
In his greeting, President Yoon said, “Secretary-General Stoltenberg visited Seoul in December of this year, following last year’s visit to Madrid, Spain.
“The Republic of Korea was invited to NATO for the second time this year, following last year,” said President Yoon. “This time, I came to institutionalize the cooperation framework by creating an Individually Customized Program (ITPP), and to discuss cooperation with NATO in the fields of military intelligence and cyber,” he said.
“At a time when security in the Atlantic Ocean and security in the Indo-Pacific region are inseparable from each other, close cooperation with NATO and countries in the Indo-Pacific region, such as South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, is more important than ever,” President Yoon stressed. did. Lee added, “Thanks for the invitation, and hopes that there will be meaningful discussions on global security and emerging security areas at the NATO Summit.”
Stoltenberg said, “Thank you for attending the NATO Summit. Korea is an important NATO partner. Korea’s cooperation with NATO is valuable. Security is global, not regional, and affects each other.” .
“The war in Ukraine has a huge ripple effect worldwide, and I am grateful that South Korea condemned it,” he said. At the same time, he said, “(Korea and NATO) are signing a new partnership program on this occasion, and the importance of our cooperation is emphasized that much.”