South Korea-U.S. leaders sit for 90 minutes on North Korea’s nuclear response and economic security today

Joint declaration after summit at Yongsan government building… Welcome dinner at the Central Museum

On the afternoon of the 21st, President Yoon Seok-yeol and US President Joe Biden, who is visiting South Korea, hold their first Korea-US summit at the Oval Office in Yongsan.

President Biden visited the Seoul National Cemetery in Dongjak-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the same day, and started the second day of his official schedule in Korea by offering flowers and incense at the memorial tower.

Then, they move to the Yongsan Presidential Office Building and start a meeting with President Yoon.

The meeting will last for 90 minutes in the order of small-group talks, exchanges, and extended talks in the office room on the 5th floor of the government building.

Afterwards, a joint press conference with the Korean and American media will be held in the auditorium on the first basement floor.

A joint declaration between the United States and South Korea will also be announced at this conference.

At this summit, North Korea’s nuclear response, economic security, and regional cooperation will be discussed as key agenda items.

After inspecting the Samsung semiconductor factory in Pyeongtaek together the day before, the two leaders reached a consensus on developing the Korea-U.S. alliance into a technological alliance in addition to a military and economic alliance.

Technical cooperation such as semiconductors and batteries and securing supply chains are common interests of both countries.

As it is known that North Korea’s seventh nuclear test and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch are imminent, plans to strengthen its extended deterrence against North Korea are expected to be intensively discussed.

It is also noteworthy how much President Yoon will respond to the US side’s message of containment to the public.

After the meeting, a welcome banquet hosted by President Yoon will be held at the National Museum of Korea near the Presidential Office in Yongsan.

The dinner will be attended by the heads of top 10 domestic groups.

The possibility that President Yun’s wife, Kim Kun-hee, will greet President Biden at the dinner is being discussed.

President Biden will meet with Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Eui-sun on the morning of the 22nd, the last day of his visit to Korea.

It is expected that there will be an announcement related to the construction of an electric vehicle plant in the United States.

President Biden then visits the Air Force Operations Command’s Air and Space Operations Center (KAOC) in Osan, Gyeonggi Province, to encourage the servicemen performing joint ROK-U.S. operations.

President Yoon is expected to accompany President Biden to Osan and return to Japan in the afternoon of the same day.

Visits to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) were not included in the itinerary for this visit.

President Biden will stay in Japan until the 24th.

In Japan, he attends the Quad Summit, a consultative body of four countries, the United States, Japan, Australia, and India, and holds a summit meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

President Yoon is expected to attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) Initiation Declaration Summit held in Japan on the 24th via video and announce his intention to take a leading role in regional cooperation.

/yunhap news

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