President Yoon Seok-yeol Embarks on Trip to Attend UN General Assembly
In his efforts to promote global solidarity, President Yoon Seok-yeol has left for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. During his 6-day, 4-night visit, he will address the issue of military collaboration between North Korea and Russia and engage in over 30 bilateral meetings in hopes of securing the hosting rights for the Busan Expo.
In an interview with investigative reporter Park So-jeong, it was confirmed that President Yoon’s trip is solely focused on the UN General Assembly, unlike his previous visit to the United Kingdom and Canada.
The President, accompanied by First Lady Kim Kun-hee, departed from Seoul’s Seongnam Airport at 9:20 am today, on Air Force No. 1, a private plane.
The UN General Assembly’s 78th High-Level Session, themed “Restoring Trust and Re-promoting Global Solidarity,” will be the backdrop of President Yoon’s visit. His highly anticipated keynote speech, scheduled for the afternoon of the 20th local time, will emphasize the Korean government’s commitment to bridging the global gap and outline its action plans as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.
Of particular interest is President Yoon’s strong message criticizing the recent military partnership between North Korea and Russia. In a previous interview with AP, President Yoon condemned this alliance as an illegal act that goes against UN Security Council resolutions and international sanctions. He further asserted that South Korea and the United States would respond swiftly and decisively to any nuclear aggression, which could ultimately lead to the downfall of the North Korean regime.
In addition to addressing these pressing issues, President Yoon will participate in the Digital Vision Forum at New York University to commemorate the first anniversary of the New York Initiative. This event will focus on the development of a new digital normative order and the introduction of a “Digital Bill of Rights.”
Furthermore, President Yoon has ambitious plans to engage in at least 30 bilateral meetings, with the possibility of increasing the number to 50. These meetings will contribute to Korea’s diplomatic efforts in securing the hosting rights for the 2030 World Expo. If successful, President Yoon’s achievement of holding the most meetings in the shortest period of time may even be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Summing up President Yoon’s demanding itinerary, it is clear that his 6-day, 4-night trip will be a true test of stamina and diplomatic prowess. The results of his endeavors are eagerly anticipated, as they will undoubtedly shape Korea’s standing on the global stage.
YTN Park So-jung reporting from the Yongsan Presidential Office.
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President Yoon Seok-yeol left for New York, USA for a 6 day, 4 night trip to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
He will make a speech criticizing military cooperation between North Korea and Russia, and will make an all-out effort to hold the Busan Expo through more than 30 bilateral meetings.
Contact an investigative reporter. Reporter Park So-jeong!
Yes, this is the Yongsan Presidential Office.
Last year, the trip to the United Kingdom and Canada was organized for the United Nations General Assembly, but this visit is only for the presence of the United Nations General Assembly?
President Yoon left for New York, USA via Seoul’s Seongnam Airport at 9:20am today (18th) on Air Force No. 1, a private plane.
First Lady Kim Kun-hee also came with us.
The theme of the 4-night 6-day schedule of the UN General Assembly, officially known as the 78th High Level Session of the UN General Assembly, is ‘Restoring Trust and Re-promoting Global Solidarity’.
President Yoon’s most notable schedule is his keynote speech at the United Nations General Assembly on the afternoon of the 20th, local time, early in the morning of the 21st, local time.
This is a speech given by the attending leaders in turn, and President Yoon intends to reveal the Korean government’s contribution to reducing the global gap and emphasize its action plans and will as a non-member permanently from the Security Council.
Above all, it attracts attention as it is expected to contain a message strongly criticizing the recent military cooperation between North Korea and Russia.
In a written interview with AP, President Yoon previously criticized North Korea-Russia military cooperation as an illegal and unjust act that goes against UN Security Council resolutions and various international sanctions.
In particular, he said that South Korea and the United States will respond immediately, overwhelmingly, and decisively to any nuclear attack by North Korea, which will lead to the end of the North Korean regime.
Another major event is the Digital Vision Forum held at New York University to commemorate the first anniversary of the New York Initiative, announced last year while attending the United Nations General Assembly.
It is expected to be held in the form of a conversation at a university, and plans are underway to introduce a ‘Digital Bill of Rights’, which is the basic direction of the new digital normative order.
It is said that at least 30 bilateral meetings are planned this time, and one of the main purposes of this visit is diplomatic warfare to host the 2030 World Expo, right?
The President’s Office said that only about 30 are currently in the pipeline, and that the number could be increased to 50.
If that happens, up to 70 meetings will be held, including the bilateral meetings held two weeks ago at the G20 and ASEAN summits.
A high-ranking official in the Office of the President also said that he would go down in history as the president who held the most meetings in the shortest period of time and that he would challenge the Guinness Book of World Records.
Let’s listen to the accompanying briefing.
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More than 10 countries, including North Macedonia and San Marino, are said to be attending the first summit with Korea since the establishment of diplomatic relations.
A meeting with so many countries is aimed at hosting the 2030 World Expo.
The host city for Expo 2030 will be decided at the general meeting of the Organization for International Exhibitions (BIE) in November, so there is still about two months to go.
It’s literally a never-ending battle for 6 days and 4 nights, and I’m very interested to see what the results will be.
This is YTN Park So-jung from the Yongsan Presidential Office.
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