SEOUL, South Korea's Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk said Monday that the second U.S.-North Korea summit, slated for late next month, is expected to help spur efforts for peace on the divided peninsula.

Suh made the remarks during an annual security forum in Singapore, where he sought to drum up international support for Seoul's diplomacy for inter-Korean rapprochement and cooperation.

"The upcoming summit between Pyongyang and Washington will serve as a crucial opportunity to further catalyze efforts for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula," Suh said during the Fullerton Forum hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, according to his ministry.

The White House earlier announced that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold their second meeting in late February at a location to be announced later.

During the forum, Suh touted last year's inter-Korean military agreement as a "dramatic" move to prevent accidental military clashes, fundamentally eliminate threats of war and build cross-border trust.

The Koreas signed the agreement during President Moon Jae-in's trip to Pyongyang for his third summit with the North Korean leader in September. It entails a series of confidence-building and arms control measures.

On the sidelines of the forum, Suh plans to hold separate talks with officials from Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia to discuss defense cooperation.

Source: Yonhap news Agency