President Yoon Seok-yeol and President Biden of the United States said on the 21st that “they share the recognition that the ROK-U.S. alliance has matured into a deep and comprehensive strategic relationship.”
The two leaders made this statement in the “Korea-U.S. Leaders Joint Statement” released after the summit meeting on the same day.
The following is the full text of the joint statement.
The summit was recorded as the earliest meeting held with the President of the United States during the term of the President of the Republic of Korea.
The ROK-U.S. alliance, based on shared sacrifice and honed by our deep security ties, continues to evolve and expand.
The ROK-U.S. alliance, a key pillar of regional peace and prosperity, has grown far beyond the Korean Peninsula, reflecting the pivotal roles of both countries as global leaders in democracy, economy, and technology.
Faced with the challenges of survival, such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, and the growing threat to a norms-based international order, represented by Russia’s continued aggression on Ukraine, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America are committed to joint political, economic, security and And we unite with a common determination to deepen and broaden the ties between the peoples of our two countries.
The two leaders highly appreciate the recent achievements of the ROK-U.S. alliance and promise to continue building it on a rock-solid foundation.
◇ Key pillars for peace and prosperity
President Yoon Seok-yeol and President Biden reaffirmed their mutual commitment to defending Korea under the ROK-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the ROK-US combined defense posture.
President Biden affirmed the United States’ commitment to extended deterrence against South Korea using the full range of defense capabilities available, including nuclear, conventional and missile defense capabilities.
The two leaders also agreed to restart the High-Level Extended Deterrence Strategy Council (EDSCG) as soon as possible.
The two leaders promised to further strengthen deterrence by enhancing the combined defense posture, and reaffirmed their commitment to conditional OPCON transition.
Bearing this in mind, in view of the evolving threat from North Korea, the two leaders agreed to initiate consultations to expand the scope and scale of joint exercises and exercises on and around the Korean Peninsula.
In addition, in the face of acts contrary to the stability of the DPRK, the two leaders also acknowledged the United States’ commitment to deploying U.S. military strategic assets in a timely and coordinated manner when necessary, and new or additional measures to expand these measures and strengthen deterrence. Together they reaffirmed their commitment to identify measures.
President Yoon Seok-yeol and President Biden reaffirmed the common goal of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and agreed to further strengthen the tight cooperation between the ROK and the United States to achieve this goal.
The two leaders shared the recognition that North Korea’s nuclear program poses a serious threat to peace and stability not only on the Korean Peninsula, but also in other Asian regions and around the world.
The two leaders condemned North Korea’s increasing number of ballistic missile test launches this year, including multiple intercontinental ballistic missile launches, as a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and urged North Korea to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. We reaffirmed our common will to cooperate with the international community for this purpose.
The two leaders urged all UN member states to fully implement all UN Security Council resolutions, and urged North Korea to abide by its obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions as well as existing commitments and agreements.
President Yun Seok-yeol explained the idea of normalizing inter-Korean relations through a bold plan aimed at a non-nuclear and prosperous Korean Peninsula, and President Biden expressed support for inter-Korean cooperation.
The two leaders emphasized the importance of trilateral cooperation between the ROK, the United States, and Japan to respond to North Korean challenges, safeguard common security and prosperity, support common values, and strengthen a norm-based international order.
Presidents Yun Seok-yeol and Biden expressed serious concerns about the human rights situation in North Korea.
The two leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to expedite the provision of humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable North Koreans.
◇Strategic economic and technological partnerships
Presidents Seok-Yeol Yoon and President Biden recognize that the future of the US-ROK alliance will be defined by a joint effort to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.
In this context, the two leaders promised to deepen and expand cooperation in key and emerging technologies and cybersecurity.
The two leaders also pledged to develop, use and advance technology consistent with common democratic principles and universal values.
Presidents Seok-Yeol Yoon and President Biden recognize the importance of deepening cooperation in economic and energy security, which is critical to our prosperity, common security, and safeguarding collective interests.
To support this initiative, the two leaders will direct the ROK-US National Security Office to launch an economic and security dialogue to coordinate the administrative and policy approaches between the two governments.
While fully recognizing that South Korean and American scientists, researchers, and technicians are at the most innovative level in the world, the two leaders will utilize this comparative advantage to develop advanced semiconductors, eco-friendly electric vehicle batteries, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, biotechnology, biomanufacturing, and more. It was agreed to strengthen public-private partnerships to protect and promote core and emerging technologies, including autonomous robots.
Furthermore, the two leaders reaffirmed their active support for people-to-people exchanges between professionals in these fields.
To this end, the two leaders agreed to cooperate to promote such core and emerging technology-related partnerships between the two countries through investment promotion and R&D cooperation.
Recognizing the growing potential of ROK-U.S. cooperation in the defense industry, the two leaders agreed to strengthen partnerships in areas such as defense supply chain, joint development and manufacturing, including initiating discussions on a defense mutual procurement agreement. .
A safe, sustainable and resilient global supply chain is the foundation of these efforts.
Building on the cross-border cooperation facilitated by the US-led Global Supply Chain Resilience Summit and close collaboration at the upcoming ministerial level, the two leaders agreed to continue working together to address immediate and long-term challenges within the supply chain ecosystem.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen the resilience and diversity of the global supply chain, including cooperation on early warning systems for the detection and response of potential supply chain disturbances and cooperation on the supply and smelting of key minerals.
The two leaders also agreed to establish a regular Ministerial Supply Chain and Industry Dialogue to discuss promoting resilient supply chains for key items such as semiconductors, batteries and core minerals.
The two leaders also agreed to enhance cooperation between foreign investment review and export control authorities on key technologies necessary to prevent the use of advanced technologies from infringing on our national and economic security.
Recognizing the importance of energy security as well as commitments to tackling climate change amid surging volatility in global energy markets as a result of Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine, the two leaders said that true energy security is the rapid deployment of clean energy technologies and Acknowledging that we are reducing our dependence on Korea, we agreed to strengthen joint cooperation to secure an energy supply chain including fossil fuels and enriched uranium.
The two leaders recognized the importance of nuclear power as a key and reliable source of zero carbon electricity, an important factor for growing our clean energy economy, and an essential part of promoting global energy security.
The two leaders agreed to further expand nuclear cooperation while accelerating the development and global deployment of advanced reactors and small modular reactors (SMRs) by jointly using export promotion and capacity building tools and building a more resilient nuclear supply chain. promised.
The two leaders reaffirmed that the two countries will participate in global civil nuclear cooperation in accordance with the highest standards of nuclear non-proliferation, including the Additional Protocol to the International Atomic Energy Agency as a standard for international safeguards and nuclear power supply agreements.
Recognizing the common goal of deepening strategic ties while respecting each country’s intellectual investment, the two leaders cooperated in the transfer and export of nuclear power technology between the United States and the United States to provide a solid foundation for strengthening cooperation in the United States, South Korea and overseas nuclear power plant markets. We commit to utilize such means as the High-Level Committee on Nuclear Energy to deepen cooperation for the management of spent nuclear fuel, promotion of nuclear exports, securing fuel supply and nuclear security.
The United States welcomed Korea’s decision to participate in the US-led Basic Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) program.
President Yoon Seok-yeol and President Biden promised to strengthen the ROK-US alliance in all areas of space cooperation.
Based on Korea’s existing pledge to participate in the Artemis program, the two leaders agreed to promote joint research in space exploration and support Korea’s development of the Korean-style satellite navigation system (KPS).
The two leaders agreed to hold the third ROK-U.S. civilian space dialogue by the end of this year and to strengthen cooperation in the space industry between the two countries.
The two leaders also pledged to continue cooperation to ensure a safe, secure and sustainable space environment, including bilateral space policy dialogue, and to strengthen defense and space partnerships through joint exercises and other activities.
President Yoon Seok-yeol and President Biden agree that the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is still the cornerstone of economic relations between the two countries.
To promote sustainable growth and financial stability, including an orderly and well-functioning foreign exchange market, the two leaders recognized the need to closely consult on foreign exchange market trends.
The two leaders shared the common values and core interests of fair and market-based competition and pledged to work together to combat market distortions.
◇ Global Comprehensive Strategic Alliance: Beyond the Korean Peninsula
Faced with increasingly complex global challenges, including the threat posed by climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, President Yun Seok-Yeol has expanded South Korea’s role to promote freedom, peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. The concept of a global pivotal country in the Republic of Korea was presented.
The two leaders reaffirmed each other’s commitment to the ROK-U.S. global comprehensive strategic alliance, which is firmly rooted in the two countries’ common values of promoting democracy and norms-based international order, eradicating corruption and promoting human rights.
President Biden appreciated President Seok-Yeol Yoon’s initiative to accept greater responsibilities at the regional and global levels, and warmly welcomed South Korea’s leading role in the process of the Democracy Summit.
Recognizing the existential threat posed by climate change, President Yoon Seok-yeol and President Biden made strong efforts to coordinate policies across sectors, and each country’s greenhouse gas emissions announced by both countries under the Paris Agreement, such as the 2030 GHG Reduction Goal and the 2050 Carbon Neutral Goal, etc. We reaffirmed our commitment to the reduction target (NDC).
The two leaders also agreed to promote cooperation in the international response to methane emissions, recognizing the importance of the ‘Global Methane Commitment’ and the rapid global action necessary to respond to the methane problem.
The two leaders decided to strengthen cooperation to achieve clean energy such as hydrogen, clean shipping, accelerated supply of zero-emission vehicles, international financial flows, and significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the 2020s and global carbon neutrality in 2050.
Presidents Yoon Seok-yeol and Biden pledged to support strengthening multilateral efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the infectious disease threat.
President Seok-Yeol Yoon emphasized the leadership of President Biden, who convened the Global COVID-19 Summit to be held in May 2022. (ACT-A) was evaluated on its commitments, including financial support for pandemic response and support for the establishment of the Financial Intermediation Fund for Global Health and Safety (FIF) within the World Bank.
President Biden welcomed the Republic of Korea’s decision to hold the Global Health and Security Initiative (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting this fall and to establish a Global Health and Security (GHS) Coordination Office for Sustainable Global and Regional Health Security in Seoul in Seoul.
The two countries will also intensify their efforts in the bilateral and multilateral forums for the promotion of biosafety and biosecurity norms.
Based on successful health cooperation, the United States and Korea will accelerate cooperation and innovation in cancer research, advanced cancer treatment, mental health research, early detection and treatment of mental health disorders, and strengthen the health system.
Presidents Seok-Yeol Yoon and President Biden emphasized the shared recognition of the unique benefits of an open, free, global, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet.
To combat the growing threat posed by digital authoritarianism, the two leaders pledged to uphold human rights and create an open Internet (“networks of networks”) that ensure the free flow of information worldwide.
To achieve this, South Korea stands ready to support together the Declaration for the Future of the Internet, which the United States has already endorsed.
The two leaders also reaffirm the need to ensure that the Internet continues to play a positive role in promoting the equity, equality and safety of women and girls in both societies.
To this end, Korea and the United States became founding members of the Global Partnership for Action Against Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse.
Recognizing the importance of communications security and operator diversity, the two leaders also pledged to work together to advance open, transparent and secure 5G and 6G network equipment and structures at home and abroad using the Open-RAN approach. did.
Presidents Seok-Yeol Yoon and President Biden are responsible for deterring cyber adversaries, cyber security of critical infrastructure, countering cyber crime and related money laundering, protecting virtual currency and blockchain applications, capacity building, cyber training, information sharing, and cyber cooperation between military authorities. The ROK-U.S. cooperation on regional and international cyber policy, including cooperation on other international security issues in cyberspace, will continue to deepen.
President Seok-Yeol Yoon and President Biden oppose all acts that undermine the norm-based international order and cause or threaten instability, and unite with the international community to oppose further unilateral unilateral attack by Russia on Ukraine.
The two countries, along with other allies in the international community, have been resolutely responding to these apparent violations of international law by imposing their own financial sanctions and export controls on Russia and its entities, along with essential humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
The two Leaders confirmed that they would ensure the effective implementation of their respective measures taken by the two countries to deter further Russian aggression, and that they would maintain our commitment to the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Recognizing the importance of maintaining a prosperous, peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific, the two leaders agreed to strengthen mutual cooperation across the region.
In this respect, President Biden expressed support for President Yun Seok-yeol’s initiative to establish Korea’s Indo-Pacific strategic framework.
President Yun Seok-yeol also welcomed the US Indo-Pacific strategy.
The two leaders committed to close cooperation through the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) based on the principles of openness, transparency and inclusiveness.
The two leaders will develop a comprehensive Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) that will deepen economic engagement on priority issues, including the digital economy, resilient supply chains, clean energy and other priorities focused on promoting sustainable economic growth. We agreed to work together to make it happen.
Presidents Yoon Seok-yeol and Biden reaffirmed their strong support for ASEAN’s centrality and Indo-Pacific perspective.
The two leaders pledged to enhance cooperation with Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands to promote high-quality and transparent investments, including investments in sustainable development, energy security and quality infrastructure.
In particular, President Biden welcomed President Yun Seok-yeol’s interest in Quad, and noted Korea’s complementary strengths in combating infectious diseases, responding to climate change, and developing core technologies.
The two leaders also agreed to cooperate on infrastructure finance, including digital infrastructure, in third countries.
The two leaders emphasized the importance of trilateral cooperation in the effective response to common economic challenges.
Presidents Yoon Seok-yeol and Biden reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining peace and stability, lawful and undisturbed commerce in the South China Sea and other seas, and to respect international law, including freedom of navigation, overflight and lawful use of the sea.
The two leaders emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait as a key element of security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
Sharing mutual concerns about the human rights situation in the Indo-Pacific region, the two leaders committed to promote human rights and the rule of law throughout the world.
The two leaders resolutely condemn the coup d’état in Myanmar and the brutal attack by the Myanmar military on civilians and will press for an immediate cessation of violence, the release of those detained, unrestricted humanitarian access and a speedy return to democracy across Myanmar. promise to
The two leaders urge all countries to provide safe havens for the people of Myanmar and join the ban on arms sales to Myanmar.
President Yoon Seok-yeol and President Biden share the recognition that the ROK-US alliance has matured into a deep and comprehensive strategic relationship.
Through close and dynamic national ties, extensive economic and investment links, and a commitment to democracy, human rights and an international order based on norms, South Korea and the United States have a relationship that can meet any challenge and seize every opportunity that lies ahead. is moving towards
President Seok-Yeol Yoon and President Biden shared the importance of our joint commitment and pledged to work tirelessly to expand and deepen ties so that our two countries can be successful in a rapidly changing world.
President Biden expressed his appreciation for President Yoon Seok-yeol’s warm hospitality and invited President Yoon Seok-yeol to visit Washington at a mutually convenient time.