Korean, U.S. Chief Diplomats Meet in London

  • By Lee Yong-soo, Kim Jin-myung

    May 04, 2021 10:05

    Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in London on Monday on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers meeting.

    They fine-tuned the agenda for their bosses' meeting in Washington on May 21.

    Chung and Blinken agreed to seek common ground between their foreign-policy priorities and collaboration over access to coronavirus vaccines, climate change and democracy, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

    The State Department in a press release said they "reaffirmed that the U.S.-[Korea] Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world [and] highlighted the importance of... cooperation to address the global threats of COVID-19 and the climate crisis."

    Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (right) and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meet in London on Monday. /AP-Yonhap

    Blinken briefed Chung on President Joe Biden's North Korea policy review, which Chung welcomed as a "realistic and practical direction," the ministry added.

    They also "stressed their commitment to work together to protect and advance shared security goals, including U.S.-Japan-[Korea] trilateral cooperation toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the State Department said.

    The two are expected to sit down at the U.S.' insistence with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Wednesday, the last day of the G7 foreign ministers meeting. 

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