SEOUL-- South Korea's vice defense minister held talks Wednesday with his Canadian and Filipino counterparts to discuss close coordination over North Korea's threats, government officials said.

Suh Choo-suk met separately with Jody Thomas, the Canadian senior associate defense minister, and Cardozo Luna, undersecretary of the Philippines' Department of National Defense, on the sidelines of a security forum hosted by Seoul's defense ministry, they said.

The ministry said that they expressed deep concerns about North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats and discussed how to respond to them amid heightened tensions following the North's sixth nuclear test.

Meanwhile, South Korea and Canada agreed to maintain efforts to boost defense cooperation as strategic partners, the ministry said.

It also said that Seoul and Manila will continue working together in the defense field, with Seoul seeking to join the Philippine military's modernization project.

The Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD) kicked off Wednesday for a three-day run, bringing together more than 500 participants from 38 countries.

Source: Yonhap News Agency