Yoon Urges Int'l Resolve Against N.Korea's Nuke Program
President Yoon Suk-yeol called for international resolve against North Korea's nuclear program before arriving in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius for the annual NATO summit on Monday.In a written interview with the Associated Press, Yoon called on the international community to show that its resolve to deter North Korea's nuclear is stronger than the regime's nuclear ambitions."Peace is never as certain and reliable as when it is backed by powerful force and deterrence," he said."Strong international sanctions against North Korea have the effect of preventing the advancement of its nuclear and missile capabilities," he added. "Now is the time to clearly demonstrate that the international community's determination to deter North Korea's nuclear weapons program is stronger than North Korea's desire to develop nuclear weapons."He also stressed the importance of cooperation between the NATO and the Indo-Pacific region. "Just as incidents in Europe can have a substantial and consequential impact on the Indo-Pacific region, Indo-Pacific events can have immense ramifications for countries in Europe," he said. "In particular, the war in Ukraine has reminded us all that a security crisis in one particular region can have a global impact."
Yoon will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden on the sideline of the summit to talk about "strengthening the U.S. security commitment and the expansion of trilateral security cooperation between Seoul, Washington and Tokyo." He is also going to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida there.He is scheduled to meet NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and hold a series of bilateral meetings with leaders of NATO member countries.