New York, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) — South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol arrived in New York on Monday (local time) to attend the United Nations General Assembly and hold a series of summits on the sidelines, including a long-awaited summit with Fumio Kisihida, Prime Minister of Japan.
His visit to New York, which marks the second stop on the president’s three-nation tour, follows his attendance at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral in London and a summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.
Yoon will stay in New York for three days and deliver his first speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday before holding bilateral meetings with US President Joe Biden and UN Secretary-General António Manuel de Oliveira, among others Guterres.
South Korea’s president will make his debut at the United Nations podium with a speech outlining his vision for greater solidarity among peace-loving nations, his office said. In addition, the speech will likely underscore South Korea’s commitment to defending peace against nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction threats alongside its allies such as the United States.
Chief National Security Adviser Kim Sung-han told reporters in New York that Yoon’s message will be a call to nations that share the value of freedom to “unite around the UN,” adding that in other words, the situation could be a win-win situation. created, as long as countries that are economically and technologically rich actively help others that are not.
Kim reiterated that South Korea was once a poor country with a per capita income of less than $100, but has grown into a top 10 economy, thanks to the trust and support of the United States and other nation-loving nations.
He explained that the call to set a “good example” at this time together with the UN was precisely the message of the South Korean president.
Following the speech, Yoon will have lunch with former World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and meet with Guterres to discuss North Korea and ways to strengthen South Korea-UN cooperation. After that, the president will host a dinner with South Korean residents in New York along with first lady Kim Keon-hee, according to the presidential office.
The first lady has accompanied her husband on the three-nation trip.
The meeting with Japan’s prime minister will mark the first summit between the two nations since December 2019 and raises hopes for an improvement in relations strained by wartime forced labor and other issues related to Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule on the Korean Peninsula.
Details of the meeting, including the date and agenda, have not been confirmed, but South Korean officials say it will go ahead as agreed. Meanwhile, Japan has expressed reservations about holding a summit before progress is made on compensation for Korean victims of forced labor, according to Japanese news reports.
Yoon and Kishida met at the NATO summit in Madrid in June, and even in trilateral talks with Biden, but have not held bilateral talks.
The meeting with Biden will be Yoon’s second since taking office in May, following a summit in Seoul that month.
The two are expected to discuss the implementation of agreements reached at the May summit, while also addressing South Korea’s concerns over the recent passage of the US Inflation Act (IRA).
The law excludes electric vehicles assembled outside North America from the tax breaks, raising concerns that they will become a significant trade barrier for South Korean vehicles.
Yoon’s schedule also includes several meetings with academics, scientists and business people, as well as a reception hosted by Biden at the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday.