“Expanding alliances through security, economy, and technology” … Will the Ukrainian arms aid be mentioned?

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President Yoon Seok-yeol and US President Biden will meet tomorrow at the summit.

The joint declaration will contain information on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and economic security, but it is noteworthy whether sensitive issues such as Ukrainian arms aid or South Korea-U.S.-Japan military exercises will be mentioned at the meeting.

Reporter Shin Soo-ah reports the prospects for the Korea-US summit.

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The presidential office said at the summit that it would expand the ROK-U.S. alliance from security to economy and even technology.

We will reaffirm our expanded deterrence capabilities to counter North Korea’s nuclear weapons and also formalize our participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, an economic consultative body led by the United States.

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“The Korea-US alliance will also become stronger and (which will lead to an alliance that covers a wider range). Relations with China can only be achieved through good economic relations.”

In accordance with the government’s policy to abolish the nuclear phase-out policy, the joint declaration is also expected to include a statement that the two countries will jointly develop a ‘small module nuclear power plant’, a next-generation nuclear power plant, and enter the nuclear power plant market.

It’s not on the official agenda, but the US may bring up the ‘Ukrainian arms aid issue’ in tomorrow’s meeting.

Although the Moon Jae-in government has said that it cannot provide weapons for lethality, the United States is demanding arms support from its allies through diplomatic and defense channels, and attention is focused on how the Yun Seok-yeol administration will respond.

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“I think the United States will demand[military arms support to Ukraine]what do you think?”

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“We are discussing various options with the United States right now. It’s something I’m discussing right now, so I can’t tell you specifically…”

The presidential office drew a line that it was not on the official agenda, but as the United States has emphasized triangular security cooperation between Korea, the United States, and Japan, there is a possibility that South Korea-U.S.-Japan military exercises will be discussed.

Regarding the so-called ‘normalization of THAAD operation’, which involves bringing in supplies to the Seongju THAAD base and building lodgings for soldiers, a high-ranking official in the presidential office said, “It will not be on the agenda because there is no disagreement between South Korea and the United States.” “How quickly normalization is important is important.” said.

The leaders of the United States and the Republic of Korea will discuss these issues tomorrow afternoon at the Yongsan Presidential Office through small-group talks and extended summits, and announce a joint declaration late in the afternoon.

This is Shin Soo-ah from MBC News.

Video coverage: Park Jong-il, Koo Bon-won / Video editing: Yoon Chi-young

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