Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister Marise Payne met their respective South Korean counterparts, Kang Kyung-Wha and Song young-Moo in Seoul to boost bilateral cooperation.

Bishop and Payne arrived in South Korea for a two-day trip that comes amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula since Pyongyang’s sixth and largest nuclear test last month.

Ministers held a meeting on diplomatic issues and regional security, focusing particularly on North Korea’s missile and nuclear threats.

Earlier in the day, the ministers visited a war memorial in Seoul to pay their respects to Australian soldiers who died in the Korean war.

More than 18,000 Australian troops served under un command and 340 Australians died during the 1950-53 Korea war, which ended on an armistice instead of a peace treaty.