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S. Korea, U.S. impeccable partners trusted through shared values: Seoul FM Updated: 2022-05-24 06:07:59 KST

The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. have reaffirmed that they are the closest of partners, enjoying a trust based on shared universal values such as liberal democracy and human rights an alliance now at a whole new level.
This is Seoul's foreign minister, Park Jin, speaking on Monday at a briefing on the outcomes of the summit between South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden.
Park stressed that the meeting was the most convivial and friendly summit he's ever attended.

"The two sides have proposed a vision of a future alliance that is a global comprehensive strategic alliance with plans not only for the Korean Peninsula, but also the Indo-Pacific region and the international order based on values such as freedom, democracy, market economy and human rights."

To actively take part in this vision, Park further explained that the Yoon administration is interested in hosting the Summit for Democracy, which Washington proposed late last year to address growing challenges to democracy worldwide, namely China and Russia.
He then noted that President Yoon said at the summit that South Korea plans to establish its own Indo-Pacific strategy, which the U.S. side welcomed. It's the first time Seoul has formally proposed a diplomatic strategy based on such a concept of the region.

And in a first for a pair of South Korean and American leaders, they pledged to bring to bear all their defense capabilities, including their nuclear and missile assets, to deal with North Korea's military threats.
The strengthened alliance also covers technology, where South Korea and the U.S. are looking to boost their cooperation in semiconductors and other advanced technologies.

Also at the top of the agenda was North Korea's complete denuclearization.
According to Park, Seoul and Washington have vowed to deal firmly with Pyeongyang's provocations while leaving the door for dialogue open, and exploring ways to provide the regime with humanitarian aid.

"The foreign minister further underlined that by enhancing the Seoul-Washington alliance, South Korea has no intention to ostracize China, and he said the foreign ministry plans to launch its own I-PEF teams within the North American Affairs Bureau to swiftly implement the measures that came out of the Yoon-Biden summit.
Kim Dami, Arirang News."
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