NATO and the Republic of Korea signed a new partnership programme on 21 November 2019 that sets the framework for cooperation and political dialogue. Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana and the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Kim Hyoung-zhin signed the third Individual Partnership Cooperation Programme (IPCP) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

The new partnership programme continues to promote political dialogue and practical cooperation in a number of joint priority areas,  including cyber defence, non proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and Science for Peace and Security.

The Republic of Korea has been a valuable contributor to the Alliance’s stabilisation efforts in Afghanistan. The Provincial Reconstruction Team, led by the Republic of Korea, played a significant role in the reconstruction of the Parwan province. The Republic of Korea continues to be a significant contributor in support of the security and socio-economic development of Afghanistan.

The signature of the Individual Partnership Cooperation Programme follows fourteen years of progressive engagement from a dialogue that was initiated in 2005.