Seoul requests Turkey’s help in resolving standoff with North Korea
SEOUL - Anadolu Agency
A day earlier in Ankara, Song was welcomed by his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar for talks on the Korean Peninsula and wider cooperation.
During the talks, Minister Song explained the outcomes of the recent inter-Korean summit and the North Korea-U.S. summit and called for Turkey’s active support and cooperation in the efforts for the complete denuclearization of the peninsula and for the establishment of a lasting peace,” the ministry said in a statement carried by local news agency Yonhap.
They also decided to take steps to bolster defense ties, having already “very closely cooperated in the arms industry.”
Seoul and Ankara upgraded their bilateral free trade agreement as of this month after they earlier agreed to include the services and investment sectors.
Pyongyang has in recent months promised to denuclearize and seek a peace treaty, but agreements with Seoul and Washington have been criticized for lacking a specific plan.