Yoon and Kishida agree to cooperate on NK, improve bilateral relations

President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida greet each other before the Korea-Japan summit at a conference building in New York on Wednesday (local time).

President Yoon Suk-yeol held a brief meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in New York on Wednesday (local time) and agreed on the need to improve relations by resolving outstanding issues between the two countries.

The presidential office said in the afternoon, “President Yoon had a brief meeting with Prime Minister Kishida at a conference building near the United Nations General Assembly for 30 minutes starting at 12:23 p.m..”

It is the first time in two years and nine months that a meeting between the leaders of South Korea and Japan has taken place since a trilateral meeting with Japan and China in December 2019. Former President Moon Jae- in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2019 met at the time.

Instead of the talks, a meeting on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was held. Yoon visited the building where Kishida attended the meeting.

A senior presidential official said on condition of anonymity, “Because many leaders are in New York due to the United Nations General Assembly and we could not find a suitable venue,” adding that this does not mean not necessarily that Yoon visited Kishida’s house.

The talks were held as informal talks with no specific agenda and took place under tight security. Journalists from both countries did not enter the meeting room.

The presidential office said: “The two leaders have agreed to cooperate with the international community to safeguard the universal values ​​shared by each other, such as liberal democracy, human rights and the rule of law. “.

“The two leaders shared serious concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program, including nuclear weapons legislation and the possibility of a seventh nuclear test, and agreed to work closely with the international community to answer to.”

The office added that the two men agreed on the need to improve bilateral relations by resolving outstanding issues, and to this end, they decided to instruct the diplomatic authorities to accelerate the dialogue between the diplomatic authorities. and continue consultations.

By Shin Ji-hye (shinjh@heraldcorp.com)