Seoul kicks off annual Int’l security forum

Seoul kicks off annual Int’l security forum

Agency News

Seoul, Sept 4 : South Korea's Defense Ministry on Wednesday kicked off an annual international security forum to discuss the situation in the Korean peninsula and nearby regions.

According to the Defense Ministry, the eighth vice-ministerial Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD), set to run for three days until Friday, brought together hundreds of officials and experts from around 50 countries and two international organizations, including the United Nations.

Several discussion sessions will be held in the forum during which participants will discuss the peace process and arms control on the Korean Peninsula, as well as security issues in Northeast Asia, ASEAN countries and the Middle East, South Korea's News Agency Yonhap reported.

On the first day, two sessions of the Cyber Working Group CWG were to take place. As a multilateral dialogue institution, the CWG was launched in 2013 for defense officials to share their views and experiences in coping with security challenges in cyberspace.

This year, their focus will be changing international norms on cyber security and policy measures to enhance cyber capacity and workforce management, the ministry said. The SDD was launched in 2012 with the participation of vice ministerial defense officials and civilian security experts. It is designed to help enhance confidence building among countries and ease military tensions on the peninsula. (UNI)