The foreign and defense ministers of South Korea and Australia will hold talks in Seoul next week to discuss North Korea, bilateral cooperation and regional security issues, officials said Tuesday.
The third so-called two-plus-two talks will bring together Foreign Ministers Kang Kyung-wha and Julie Bishop, and Defense Ministers Song Young-moo and Marise Payne on Oct. 13.
The two countries launched the meeting in July 2013 to tighten diplomatic and defense cooperation.
Seoul officials said the upcoming meeting will focus on North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats. Other agenda include cooperation on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, police, cybersecurity, border security and maritime safety.
The ministers will also review the implementation of a 2015 agreement on boosting their diplomatic and defense partnership.
South Korea currently has a ministerial-level two-plus-two format of consultation with the United States and Australia, and agreed with India to launch such talks on the vice ministerial level this year.