February 25, 2024

South Korea, Australia sign defense deal to address ‘mutual security challenges’

While announcement doesn’t name North Korea, expert says $717 million deal to ‘bolster deterrence’ among key US allies

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a $717 million defense deal on Monday, in an agreement that appears to align with the U.S. strategy to contain China in the Indo-Pacific.

The announcement came on the third day of Moon’s visit to Australia for the Korea-Australia Expanded Summit, during which the two sides agreed to upgrade their bilateral relations and address what Morrison called “mutual security challenges.”