South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol wrapped up his Spain trip on Thursday for this week's NATO summit with a series of sideline meetings, bolstering cooperation with partner countries for exports and North Korea's denuclearization.
Meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Yoon thanked Canada for its participation in the Korean War over seven decades ago, and mentioned a newly established monument in Canada to mark victory at the Battle of Gapyeong.
"Based on this friendship, I expect our countries to strengthen cooperation on cutting-edge future technologies like high technology, artificial intelligence, energy and to bolster economic security cooperation."
"Canada is deeply engaged in the North Pacific and Indo-Pacific on a broad range of issues and Korea is a very important partner to us."
The two leaders reaffirmed coordination for the denuclearization of North Korea, which Trudeau called a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization.
There also was a pull-aside meeting with the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during which a "Bilateral Framework for Closer Cooperation" was adopted to strengthen cooperation in politics, economy and culture.
While bolstering cooperation on nuclear energy, the two leaders agreed to coordinate on digital trade and supply chain issues through more negotiation of their bilateral free trade agreement.
Yoon also asked for support from the UK, a UN permanent member, on North Korea's nuclear issues.
And during a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala, President Yoon asked for support so that Korean companies can make inroads into a Dukovany nuclear power plant project in that country as well as support for Korea's bid to host 2030 World Expo in Busan.
The Czech leader expressed hope over expanding cooperation with Korea on electric car batteries and hydrogen.
Yoon also sat down with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, during which they shared a wish for stronger partnership between Korea and NATO, especially as South Korea newly sets up a diplomatic mission in Brussels.
Also agreed was coordination against North Korea's nuclear programs.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.