Security, Economy To Top Agenda At Korea-U.S. Summit

Issues on security and the economy are expected to take centre-stage at the Korea-U.S Summit this June, Cyber Era Online (www.cyberera.com.ng) has learnt.

WWW.CYBERERA.COM.NG gathers that at the summit, the two Presidents are expected to discuss how to boost the ROK-U.S. alliance and establish a permanent peace regime through complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, building on the foundation of close coordination between the two countries.

It will be recalled that President Moon Jae-in spoke on the phone with the POTUS from 10:00 p.m., May 7. During their 35-minute telephone conversation, President Moon explained the Korean Government’s stance on the DPRK’s May 4 firing of short-range projectiles, including tactical guided weapons.
The two heads of state discussed how to resume denuclearization negotiations as soon as possible to keep the DPRK on a dialogue track for denuclearization despite its recent weapons firing. 
The two Presidents agreed that appropriate responses by the ROK and U.S. governments under close coordination immediately after the DPRK’s weapons firing had been highly effective.
Importantly, President Moon noted that President Trump’s message posted on Twitter would play a critical role in continuing to steer the North in a positive direction. 
The two leaders exchanged views on the Joint Rapid Food Security Assessment of the DPRK’s food situation by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization.  President Trump said that the ROK’s humanitarian food supply to the people in the North would be a very timely and positive action, expressing his support to the idea.
The two Presidents also agreed to continue close consultation regarding President Trump visiting Korea at an early date. 

It is not a surprise that security is topmost on the agenda.  With the US and North Korea ‘closing ranks’  after experiencing  mutual threats, on the one hand and the US and  China literarily on an economic collision path, the meeting between Moon and Trump is critical in firming up the alliance between their countries ostensibly to keep the ROK safe from the unhidden aggression of North Korea and protect American interest in a generic sense, including, but not limited to economic interests.

Although the details of the meeting are sketchy, it is clear that information and communication technology (ICT) will drive discussions between the two countries on the economy. Both countries are technology giants and the meeting between Trump and Moon Jae-in, is expected to offer a great opportunity for both leaders to lead talks aimed at cementing bilateral trade agreements between their countries and avoiding “trade wars by all means,” such as currently exists between the U.S and China.

The meeting is at the invitation of President Moon Jae-in, and the POTUS Trump will attend as part of his itinerary in the G20 Summit slated for late June in Japan. “The detailed schedule will be further discussed through diplomatic channels,” the information says.

The forthcoming Republic of Korea-United States summit is coming nearly two months after the April 11 summit in Washington, D.C. It will be the eighth ROK-U.S. summit since President Moon took office.

The Korean Penninsula is important globally.  This explains why countries outside of Asia have shown interest in seeing the region remain peaceful.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha held a telephone conversation with Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden Margot Wallström at May 10, at the request of the Swedish side. The two sides exchanged views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and ways to promote cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the Kingdom of Sweden.

Minister Kang explained the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and stressed that “we will make a measured response through sincere dialogue with the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” “we will closely cooperate with the international community, including Sweden which maintains channels of communication with both Koreas, as we pursue complete denuclearization and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

Minister Wallström reaffirmed unwavering support for the ROK government’s diplomatic efforts to seek a peaceful resolution of the Korean Peninsula issues through dialogue and negotiations.

The two Ministers took note of the broadening and deepening cooperation in diverse areas between the ROK and Sweden, which celebrate their 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2019; and agreed to further step up strategic communication and cooperation on bilateral, regional and global issues.

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