South Korea, the U.S, and Japan to Have a Private Meeting During the Group of Seven Summit in Hiroshima

President Yoon Suk Yeol will meet with US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the sidelines of the upcoming Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, Japan, to discuss ways to cooperate on North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

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The trilateral summit comes six months after the 3 leaders met in November last year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is the third such meeting since Yoon’s election in May of last year. According to Kim Tae-hyo, first deputy director of the National Security Office, the 3 leaders will discuss strategic plans to advance Korea-US-Japan cooperation to the next level in response to common challenges such as North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, regional supply chain instability, and the energy crisis.

The summit is expected to take place on May 21, the summit’s final day. When asked about the extent of trilateral security cooperation during the talks, a high-ranking official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity, that military officials from the three countries have been engaged in working-level discussions since information sharing on North Korean missiles was specified in the joint statement issued as a result of the previous summit in Phnom Penh.

The G-7 conference will be attended entirely by member countries, as well as invited countries and international organizations. Leaders will hold conversations on a variety of themes during the enlarged gathering, including food, health, environment, and energy development. Yoon will attend and speak at the expanded meeting, according to Kim, without elaborating on specific issues.

Yoon and Kishida may go to the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima together to see the memorial stone dedicated to Korean victims of atomic bombings, which is tentatively slated for May 21. Yoon will be the first Korean president to pay a visit to the memorial park. Kim stated that the two leaders’ visit will serve as a gesture of comfort to Koreans who lost their lives in the Hiroshima atomic bombing in the past, as well as to plan for a future of peace and prosperity together.

Yoon will meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz immediately after arriving home on May 21. A joint news conference and meal will be held. The next day, he will attend a Korea-EU meeting with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, which will be followed by a joint press release and an official supper. Yoon will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday before flying for Japan.


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