June 23, 2022 12:44
President Yoon Suk-yeol will hold a trilateral summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid next week.
A presidential official on Wednesday told reporters that "the possibility is open" for a trilateral summit. Another official said, "The leaders will talk about trilateral security cooperation" focusing on North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.
Yoon and Kishida will be thrown together at least twice already during the NATO summit -- in a full session of the leaders from 30 NATO members and invited leaders from non-NATO countries, and during a summit of four Asia-Pacific countries (Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). A "pull-aside" head-to-head between the leaders of the fractious neighbors is also on the cards.
Yoon will sit down with about 10 leaders during the NATO summit to discuss exports of nuclear reactors and defense goods, win support for Busan's bid to host the 2030 World Expo, and gain cooperation in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, according to the presidential office.
The government plans to establish a permanent mission to NATO in Brussels.
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