Moon to Embark on Europe Trip

  • By Kim Ah-jin

    June 10, 2021 10:22

    Moon Jae-in /Yonhap

    President Moon Jae-in will fly to the U.K. to attend the G7 summit from Friday to Sunday before paying a state visit to Austria and Spain.

    He will be accompanied by first lady Kim Jung-sook.

    It seems unlikely that Moon will sit down face-to-face with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on the sidelines of the G7 meeting amid a fresh chill in relations. "We have nothing to confirm for now" a Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said when asked about the possibility.

    There will probably be no trilateral meeting with Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden, either.

    "We're always open to dialogue with Japan," the spokesman added. "We also agree on the need for trilateral cooperation in response to Korean Peninsula issues and regional and global issues. And we're open to cooperation of various kinds between the three countries. There's always the possibility of a 'pull-aside' during the G7 summit."

    But White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters, "We don't currently have a trilateral scheduled between the U.S., Japan and [Korea]."

    "But I will tell you there's a possibility for virtually anything in these small spaces where you have just... in this case, 10 or 12 leaders in person there in Cornwall," he added.

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