April 05, 2022 12:08
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has started policy consultation with the U.S. government by sending a seven-member delegation to Washington even before he is inaugurated next month.
The delegation, led by People Power Party lawmaker Park Jin, met Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday and delivered a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden.
The delegation will have in-depth discussions with U.S. officials to "seek ways for U.S. commitment to the security" of the Korean Peninsula and "a comprehensive strategic alliance between Seoul and Washington," Park told reporters on arrival in Washington Sunday.
The same evening they attended a dinner hosted by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink.
Kritenbrink said South Korea, the U.S. and Japan must cooperate closely to make China play a role in North Korea's denuclearization. He also expressed hope that Seoul will play a part in seeking cooperation from ASEAN to push for a U.S.-led free-trade zone in the Pacific, now redubbed the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
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