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S. Korea, U.S., Japan Trilateral at NATO 2022 Updated: 2022-06-30 05:59:01 KST

President Yoon Suk yeol has wrapped up his second full day at the NATO summit in Madrid. He took part in the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council for the first time, but the highlight of the day was the first Seoul, Washington, Tokyo trilateral in 4 years and 9 months.
Our Editor in Chief MCY is traveling with the president.
Connyoung, it was a much anticipated event.

Seoul, Washington, Tokyo security cooperation is restored as of today.
This is President Yoon's aid traveling with the president to Madrid.
A HISTORIC trilateral where the leaders discussed enhancing cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific.
This is a White House readout on the first gathering of its type in nearly 5 years.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Madrid as Biden bids to improve frosty ties between the two major U.S. allies.

"Our trilateral cooperation, in my view, is essential to achieving our shared objective, including a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific.

"North Korea's nuclear and missile threats continue to evolve, and the global landscape is facing increased uncertainties, thereby rendering our trilateral partnership all the more significant.

() I hope that our meeting today will position ROK-U.S.-Japan partnership as yet another central pillar for global peace and stability. "

"()the deterrence capabilities of the Japan-U.S. and U.S.-ROK alliances need to be upgraded as part of the essential effort to strengthen the trilateral partnership between Japan, the U.S., and ROK. this trilateral summit is being organized at a timely juncture. Through this meeting, I hope that trilateral cooperation regarding our response to North Korea will be solidified."

The previous day Yoon and Kishida spoke albeit for a few minutes for the first time at the dinner hoste King Felipe of Spain - a rare conversation between countries often at loggerheads over their sharec.. histrory who have not had a formal summit since 2019.

The two also rubbed shoulders at the first four-way meeting with their ciunterparts from Australia and New Zealand dubbed AP4 at which the four Asia Pacific leaders agreed that security in the Europe the Indo-Pacific cannot be separated.

Seoul's top office officals cautiosly forecast a recovery in ties with Tokyo as they say they've witnessed the desire in both this time in Madrid to improve the relations between the neighbore countries.

Absolutely, Jiyoon. And one that hadn’t been finalized until the very last minute. The trilat took place a little after two thirty pm madrid time at IFEMA, the venue of NATO2022, I myself went in as a pooler and we only found out this morning. The traveling press had dinner with Yoon’s principal nat’l security advisor last night and up until then it was up in the air.
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