South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo on Wednesday stressed the importance of maintaining a robust defense posture to buttress the nascent peace process on the peninsula.

Presiding over a year-end meeting with more than 140 top commanders nationwide, the minister cited two pillars of the government's security strategy: peace and strong defense capability.

"There should be no change, not even a little, to our military's mission and role despite the easing of military tensions between the South and the North and confidence building," Jeong said at the start of the session held at the Ministry of National Defense compound in Seoul.

Source: Yonhap News Agency