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SKorea, Philippines sign accord on protecting classified military info on regional security

  • South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo answers questions from the media following his meeting with Philippine defense officials and the military leadership Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Han is in the country for talked about regional security issues. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo answers questions from the media following his meeting with Philippine defense officials and the military leadership Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Han is in the country for talked about regional security issues. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo, left, and Philippine Defense Chief Voltaire Gazmin shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Han is in the country for talks with Philippine Defense officials on regional security issues. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo, left, and Philippine Defense Chief Voltaire Gazmin shake hands prior to their bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Han is in the country for talks with Philippine Defense officials on regional security issues. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo salutes the colors while reviewing the troops during welcoming ceremony Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Han is in the country for talks with Philippine Defense officials on regional security issues. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo salutes the colors while reviewing the troops during welcoming ceremony Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Han is in the country for talks with Philippine Defense officials on regional security issues. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say South Korea's defense chief and his Philippine counterpart have signed an accord to protect classified military information to allow confidential data exchanges, including on potential hostilities between the rival Koreas.

The Philippine defense department says the accord signed Monday by South Korean Defense Minister Han Minkoo and his Filipino counterpart, Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, will enable the Philippines to be better informed of developments on the Korean Peninsula to protect thousands of Filipino workers in South Korea.

Han also backed the Philippine military's efforts to modernize and said territorial disputes in the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully and "based on mutual respect toward each other's sovereignty."

A South Korean firm will deliver the first two of a dozen fighter jets to the Philippine military in December.