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[IN-DEPTH] Experts' take on outcome of Seoul-Washington summit Updated: 2022-05-23 17:07:28 KST

Like we've heard in our reports this evening, President Biden wrapped up his 3-day stay in Seoul on Sunday and headed to Tokyo where he declared the official launch of the I-PEF.
During his stay in Korea, President Biden and President Yoon held their first-ever summit together, where the two also made a joint statement vowing cooperation in various sectors ranging from economy, security and world affairs.

So what can we take away from Biden's visit? And how will Seoul-Washington ties move forward from here?

For this we are joined in the studio by MIN Jeong-hun , Professor at Korea National Diplomatic Academy, great to see you Professor.
And we are also joined by Evans REVERE, Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group via Skype. Thank you for joining us, Mr. Revere.

1. (MIN) First let me start by asking how did you find the talks? What do you make of the outcomes?

2. (REVERE) What about you? Did the summit go as you expected and what are your thoughts about the outcome?

3. (MIN) Judging by the speeches and the joint statement, there were three large discussion points, mainly Korean Peninsula affairs, economic security, and global issues. Which of the items on the agenda do you think the two leaders found the most difficult to make compromises in?

4. (REVERE) On North Korea, the two leaders reaffirmed their mutual commitment to the defense of South Korea and the combined defense posture under the ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty.
The two Presidents also agreed to reactivate the high-level Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group at the earliest date.
Could this signal a strengthened and a more robust stance on Pyeongyang from both countries?

5. (MIN) And with North Korea’s continued military activities, the two leaders also reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to deploying strategic U.S. military assets in a timely and coordinated manner, as well as to identify new or additional steps to reinforce deterrence. How do you read into this?

6. (REVERE) With the developments, how do you expect North Korea to react to the outcome of the latest summit? And how could we forecast future inter-Korean ties to unfold?

7. (MIN) Though there were concerns of a possible 7th nuclear test by North Korea during President Biden’s stay, we still aren’t hearing any news on that front. Why do you think this is so? And do you still expect the test to come in the near future?

8. (REVERE) And on the economic front, South Korea has decided to join the Washington-led IPEF. What exactly are the benefits?

9. (REVERE) And how is it different from other regional economic circles that Korea is already a part of? Such as RCEP.

10. (MIN) With the decision we could expect some backlash from China. Considering China is also a significant trade partner of Seoul, what can be done do to prevent ties from souring?

Alright we will have to wait and see how things will unfold, Professor Min and Mr. Revere, thank you so much for making time for us.
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