Any agenda on the meeting table
At the table of the Korea-US summit to be held in Seoul on the 21st of next month, it is expected that agendas such as measures for cooperation with North Korea, public containment, and reorganization of the global supply chain will be raised.
Discussion of deterrence measures against North Korea amid a series of North Korean threats
President-elect Yun Seok-yeol announced on the 28th that the summit meeting with US President Joe Biden was held and that the meeting was held in a situation where North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat and global supply chain instability were intensifying. .
President-elect Yoon’s mention of the North Korean threat is interpreted as implying that for the first time, the top priority of the South Korean and US leaders is to strengthen cooperation with North Korea. In a situation where North Korea has recently declared that it can perform a nuclear preemptive strike if its fundamental interests are eroded, and there are concerns that it could launch a seventh nuclear test aimed at the inauguration of a new government, the leaders of the Republic of Korea and the United States held strong talks with North Korea. It seems to confirm the will of coercion. Regarding the principle of denuclearization, there is also a possibility that the goal of North Korea policy between the two countries will be raised with the recently re-emerging ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization’ (CVID).
Given that President Biden is making a series of visits to South Korea and Japan, measures to strengthen cooperation between South Korea, the US and Japan related to deterrence against North Korea are expected to be naturally discussed together. The US desperately needs to strengthen cooperation between South Korea, the US and Japan as a means to contain China in the Indo-Pacific region as well as in North Korea.
As the Biden administration is working on a massive global supply chain restructuring in line with public checks, it is expected that this summit will also discuss ways to expand cooperation in the supply chain such as semiconductors and batteries. The reorganization of the global supply chain is an issue that President Biden is so interested in calling Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix to the White House, and it is also aligned with President-elect Yoon’s emphasis on economic security.
●Public check IPEF and quad cooperation plan
In addition, issues such as South Korea’s participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) led by the United States to contain China, measures for cooperation between Korea and Quad (US, Japan, Australia, and India consultative body), and the return of the US military base in Yongsan will also be addressed. expected.
Reporter Ahn Seok