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S.Korea, Estonia agree to increase cooperation in cybersecurity

All Headlines 15:10 February 14, 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon agreed Wednesday to increase cooperation with Estonia in cybersecurity and other areas during talks with his Estonian counterpart, Juri Ratas.

Estonia is a world leader in electronic government and is a member of the "Digital-5," a grouping of five e-government leaders that also includes South Korea, Britain, New Zealand and Israel.

Ratas was on a visit to South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

During Wednesday's talks, Lee said that South Korea and Estonia have similarities in that, despite their small land area and scarce resources, they have achieved economic development based on talented human resources, and that the two countries have great potential for cooperation in digital sectors, according to Lee's office.

Lee said he hopes the two countries will further strengthen cooperation not only in e-government, but also in cybersecurity, the office said in a statement.

In response, Ratas said that NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence is located in Estonia's capital, Tallinn and that he looks forward to greater cooperation with South Korea in cybersecurity and digital sectors, the statement said.

Ratas also invited Lee to attend a "digital summit" to be held in Estonia in November.

Lee asked for Estonia's support for efforts to use the inter-Korean dialogue momentum created by the PyeongChang Olympics to bring permanent peace to the divided Korean Peninsula.

Ratas said he believes dialogue is the only way to resolve the problem and that Estonia fully supports South Korea's efforts to peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, according to the office.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (R) shakes hands with his Estonian counterpart, Juri Ratas, during a meeting in Seoul on Feb. 14, 2018. (Yonhap)


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