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S. Korea rallies support for implementing sanctions on N. Korea

All News 16:56 June 05, 2016

By Park Boram

SINGAPORE, June 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo agreed with his French and Swiss counterparts Sunday to step up joint efforts to ensure the full implementation of international sanctions on North Korea.

Han and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also agreed to further upgrade their defense cooperation in the bilateral as well as multilateral frameworks during their talks held on the sidelines of the Asia Security Summit in Singapore, also known as Shangri-La Dialogue, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

Han voiced his gratitude for France's efforts to push for and implement a United Nations Security Council resolution adopted in March in punishment for North Korea's nuclear test and long-range missile launch in early 2016, the ministry said.

The French minister vowed further joint efforts with Seoul in bringing the resolution to thorough implementation, it also said.

In a separate meeting with Swiss Defense Minister Guy Parmelin, Han also reached an agreement to step up international efforts to resolve North Korea's nuclear problems, the ministry said.

"Peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is important to Switzerland as well," the Swiss defense minister was quoted as having said. "Switzerland actively supports efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula."

With the latest two rounds of talks, Han wrapped up his three-day visit to the Singapore summit and headed back to Seoul, officials said.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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