Officials from the United States and the Republic of Korea recently met in Washington D.C. for the 6th U.S.-ROK Cyber Policy Consultations and reaffirmed their commitment to promoting international cyberspace stability and to deepen bilateral cooperation on cybersecurity.

Both sides discussed the protection and resilience of critical infrastructure, provided updates on their respective national cyber policies, and exchanged views on bilateral cyber cooperation and developments in regional and international fora.  Participants explored new ways for the United States and the Republic of Korea to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet and stable cyberspace.  In particular, the United States and the Republic of Korea reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation to counter DPRK cyber threats, including the DPRK’s efforts to generate revenue through malicious cyber activity to support the regime’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

The Cyber Policy Consultations were chaired by U.S. Ambassador at Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy Nathaniel Fick and Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador for International Security Affairs Cho Hyunwoo.  The U.S. delegation also included representatives from the National Security Council, Office of the National Cyber Director, and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, including from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, the Treasury, and Justice including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The Republic of Korea was represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with participation from the National Security Office, Ministry of National Defense, National Intelligence Service, Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, National Police Agency, and the Korea Internet & Security Agency.

Both sides committed to further discussions on cyber policy over the course of 2023, which marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-ROK alliance.

U.S. Department of State

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