Yoon hopes for improved Seoul-Tokyo relations

Korea, Australia reaffirm commitment to climate change and denuclearization of North Korea on sidelines of NATO summit

President Yoon Suk-yeol and First Lady Kim Keon-hee attend a dinner hosted by Spain’s King Felipe VI in Madrid on Tuesday. Yonhap

MADRID – President Yoon Suk-yeol expressed his hope for improved relations between South Korea and Japan to his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, during a brief meeting at the NATO summit, the official said on Wednesday. Seoul presidential office.

According to the presidential office, Yoon and Kishida had a short conversation during the dinner hosted by Spain’s King Felipe VI on Tuesday.
Yoon and Kishida, along with the leaders of Australia and New Zealand, are in Madrid to attend the NATO summit as Asia-Pacific partner nations.

“My aides and I are of the view of guiding bilateral relations into the future by promptly resolving current issues in Korea-Japan relations after the upper house elections (in Japan),” Yoon said as quoted by his office.

Yoon was responding to Kishida by congratulating him on his inauguration and the victory in the local elections by the ruling People’s Power Party, Yoon’s office said.

The Japanese leader responded in kind, saying “(I) am aware that President Yoon is making efforts for Korea-Japan relations” and that the two countries should work to establish “healthier relations”, according to the relations office. public Yoon.

Earlier in the day, Yoon kicked off his program with a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, where the two reaffirmed their commitment to international challenges and democratic values.

According to Yoon’s office, the two men reached consensus on energy climate change and North Korea’s denuclearization at the summit.

The Seoul presidential office said Albanese pledged Australia’s continued role in strong and strict enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang and support for North Korea’s denuclearization.

They also reached consensus on cooperation on carbon-neutral green technologies in response to energy and climate change, and discussed cooperation in the supply chain of advanced industrial materials and rare minerals.

At the meeting, Yoon expressed his hopes for Korean companies to participate in the green hydrogen sector, where Australia has a strong foothold, and stressed economic and security cooperation to tackle climate change. .

The South Korean leader also asked for Australia’s support for Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, to which Albanese replied that he would make “appropriate considerations”, Yoon’s office added. .

During the meeting, Albanese also stressed the importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and expressed the hope that South Korea and Australia will strengthen their cooperation with ASEAN on regional issues.

By Shin Ji-hye ([email protected])

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