South Korea’s Defense Chief Commits to Enhanced Cooperation with U.S. and Japan Against North Korean Threats

SEOUL — Amid escalating tensions and aggressive statements from North Korea, South Korea's Defense Minister Shin Won-sik vowed on Wednesday to bolster trilateral security cooperation with the United States and Japan. This commitment underscores the region's response to the increasing threats posed by North Korea.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the defense collaboration among South Korea, the U.S., and Japan has recently intensified. Last month, the three countries fully activated a real-time North Korean missile warning data sharing system. They also approved a multi-year plan for conducting trilateral exercises, as agreed upon during their leaders' summit at Camp David in August. Speaking at a security conference in Seoul, Shin highlighted the serious nature of the global security environment, marking it as the most critical since the Cold War era. This statement comes in the wake of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aggressive rhetoric, in which he threatened to annihilate South Korea and labeled it as North Korea's "principal enemy." These remarks were reported by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

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