US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, South Korea Defence Minister Lee Jong-sup and others chat before the ministerial working lunch during the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore 11 June, 2022.Reuters

South Korean defence Minister Lee Jong-sup said on Sunday that his country would dramatically enhance its defence capabilities and work closely with the United States to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat.

Lee, speaking at an Asian security meeting in Singapore, said the situation on the Korean peninsula posed a global threat and he urged North Korea to immediately end its nuclear weapon and missile programmes.