Moon to Jet to U.S. for UN Meet

  • By Kim Jin-myung, Kim Ah-jin

    September 14, 2021 13:07

    President Moon Jae-in is visiting the U.S. from Sept. 19 to 23 to attend the UN General Assembly in New York and a ceremony in Hawaii handing over the remains of American soldiers who died in the 1950-53 Korean War.

    The U.S. earlier recommended that Moon attend the meeting virtually due to coronavirus concerns, but he is determined to be there in person to give a keynote speech marking the 30th anniversary of the two Koreas jointly joining the world body.

    Last month, the White House sent a letter to world leaders urging them to attend the meeting virtually for fear of the spread of COVID-19.

    Moon "will deliver a keynote speech at the General Assembly, hold bilateral meetings with world leaders and meet the UN secretary-general," Cheong Wa Dae spokeswoman Park Kyung-mee told reporters Monday.

    It is unclear whether he will sit down face to face with U.S. President Joe Biden. A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "We're pursuing bilateral summits with a number of countries that have confirmed their leaders will be there in person."

    Moon is also taking super boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, with him as "cultural ambassadors."

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