South Korea kicks off sixth regional security forum, days after North Korea's nuclear test

South Korean soldiers walk to a checkpoint at the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, on Ganghwa island, on Sept 4, 2017.
South Korean soldiers walk to a checkpoint at the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, on Ganghwa island, on Sept 4, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (BERNAMA) - South Korea on Wednesday (Sept 6) kicked off a three-day regional security forum after the North Korea's latest nuclear test, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

According to Seoul's Defence Ministry, the Seoul Defence Dialogue (SDD) brought together about 500 participants, including military officials and security experts, from 38 countries and regions as well as four international organisations.

The South Korea-hosted SDD is a vice ministerial-level regional security forum, launched in 2012 to discuss ways of building military trust in the Asia-Pacific region.

This year's forum, the sixth of this kind, came three days after the North Korea detonated what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.

The plenary session was scheduled for Thursday.