Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli is today attending a NATO meeting in Brussels on with recent developments in North Korea and Afghanistan expected to be the headlining topics.
NATO defense ministers will discuss the alliance's command structure, North Korea and Afghanistan, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday.
Speaking ahead of the two-day meeting due to start on Wednesday, Stoltenberg said NATO's command structure is the backbone of the alliance.
On North Korea, Stoltenberg said its ballistic missile and nuclear programs are a threat to NATO allies, to partners and to the international non-proliferation regime.
"As I saw during my visit to East Asia last week, these global threats require a global response. NATO maintains a strong deterrence posture. We have the capabilities and we have the resolve to respond to any aggression," he added.
Stoltenberg said NATO will review its support mission in Afghanistan, where he said the last few weeks have been "tough."
"But at the same time, the Afghan security forces have shown bravery, determination and increasing capability, and the Afghan people continue to demonstrate a remarkable resilience and hope for peace," he said.
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