India, S. Korea reaffirm their commitment to eradicate terrorism

New Delhi, Jan.16: India and South Korea on Thursday reiterated their commitment to eradicate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and agreed to enhance cooperation in this area, through information sharing.

In the joint statement issued after summit-level talks between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, the two leaders expressed hope that the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, which was under consideration at the United Nations, would be adopted soon.

The two leaders recognized that both India and the Republic of Korea (ROF) have played a significant role in regional architectures such as the EAS, ARF, ADMM+ ACD and ASEM and international fora, including the UN, G20 and Nuclear Security Summit.

They also agreed to maintain regular consultations and close coordination in those regional and international fora to address common challenges such as climate change, disaster management and terrorism.

Both India and South Korea recognized the need for comprehensive UN reforms, including Security Council expansion to make the body more representative, accountable and effective.

They also agreed that the reform of the Security Council must reflect contemporary realities and include major developing countries.

Both sides agreed to work closely to tackle new threats in cyberspace such as cyber-attacks.

For this purpose, it was agreed to hold the 1st Policy Consultations on Cyberspace in 2014. The two leaders welcomed the success of the 2013 Seoul Conference on Cyberspace.

They welcomed the conclusion of the MOU on Cyber Security between Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) and Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA).

The two leaders shared their views on the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, including the objective of denuclearization.

Both India and South Korea expressed concern over the development of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which is in violation of its international obligations and commitments.

In this connection, the two leaders urged North Korea to comply fully with its international obligations, including under the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. (ANI)