South Korea is planning to further strengthen its partnership with NATO with a diplomatic mission in Brussels, where its headquarters is located.
This would make it much easier to hold dialogue with NATO and, of course, strengthen its networks with the 30 member states.
An official from the Presidential Office said on Tuesday that a NATO delegation will enhance information-sharing and would allow Seoul to take part in various security discussions.
Experts say this reflects South Korea's willingness to expand its role in dealing with emerging security challenges, like cyber threats.
"When we discuss security issues in South Korea, it's mostly about the Korean Peninsula and North Korea's nuclear weapons. But emerging security issues are also often discussed among the international community. So to respond to these new challenges, NATO can serve as a strong platform to address global security concerns."
Professor Lee stressed the need to strengthen ties with the alliance, since many emerging security issues that NATO deals with are not just limited to Europe and North America.
Another expert says that establishing a delegation to NATO proves South Korea's competitiveness.
"A mission to NATO will be an opportunity for South Korea to play a pivotal role in areas such as cyber, space, and new technologies fields in which the country can do well in. In this sense, NATO may want South Korea to have a delegationfor our technological advancements and geopolitical importance."
South Korea will also sign a new partnership program with the alliance in the second half of the year.
The two sides plan to establish a "new strategic partnership," one that goes beyond their current security cooperation.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.