Yoon Meets Biden, Kishida for Overdue 3-Way Summit

  • By Choi Kyung-woon

    June 30, 2022 09:52

    President Yoon Suk-yeol met with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of a summit of NATO countries in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday. It was the first three-way summit in almost five years.

    They saw eye to eye on the gravity of North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and agreed to step up pressure on North Korea. Biden mentioned the need to block funding sources, raising expectations of cooperation in implementing tougher financial sanctions against Pyongyang.

    President Yoon Suk-yeol (left) meets with U.S. President Joe Biden (center) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday. /News1

    North Korea's nuclear and missile threats "continue to evolve, and the global landscape is facing increased uncertainties, thereby rendering our trilateral partnership all the more significant," Yoon said. "I hope that cooperation among the three countries will take root as an important axis for global peace and stability."

    Biden said, "Our trilateral cooperation, in my view, is essential to achieving our shared objective, including a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific."

    And Kishida added, "This trilateral summit is being organized at a timely juncture. Through this meeting, I hope that trilateral cooperation regarding our response to North Korea will be solidified."

    Yoon also met with the leaders of Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Poland on Thursday he sits down with the leaders of the Czech Republic and the U.K. He pitched South Korea's semiconductors, defense products and nuclear power plants with a view to expanding his country's markets beyond China to Europe.

    "The era of booming exports to China, which lasted for the last 20 years, is coming to an end," senior presidential secretary Choi Sang-mok said. "We must diversify our markets to replace China."

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