According to Yonhap’s report, Yoon spoke at Ewha University in Seoul on “Liberation Day”, which celebrates the anniversary of South Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945.
Calling for the strengthening of trilateral security cooperation between South Korea, Japan and the United States, Yoon drew attention to the importance of neighboring Japan in deterring North Korea’s “aggression”.
Emphasizing that the cooperation between the USA, Japan and South Korea is increasing day by day, Yoon stated that it is important for South Korea, the USA and Japan to cooperate in sharing the data of North Korea’s military movements in order to prevent North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
Yoon noted that the summit, which is expected to be held in Camp David, Maryland, on August 18, between the three countries in question, will be a “touchstone” in the development of relations and contributing to peace in the Indo-Pacific region.
Call for “dialogue” to North Korea
Stating that the economic aid offer they made to North Korea in August 2022 is still valid if it takes firm steps towards denuclearization, Yoon invited North Korea to dialogue and cooperation.
Yoon said, “South Korea and Japan are now two countries that share universal values and work for their common interests. South Korea and Japan, as partners in terms of security and economy, will cooperate to contribute to peace and success in the world.” used the phrase.
Talking about Japan’s aid to his country during the 1950-1953 Korean War, Yoon called for the strengthening of security cooperation between his country and the United States.
Military cooperation plans expected at Camp David
According to the Associated Press, during the summit to be held in Camp David between the USA, Japan and South Korea, these countries are expected to deepen their cooperation on defense and security issues.
The officials, who did not want to be named, stated that the USA, Japan and South Korea are expected to announce ballistic missile defense and military cooperation plans against North Korea’s nuclear program at the summit, and noted that the plans in question will be one of the initiatives on the subject and that it is expected to continue.
In a written statement published on July 28, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre stated that US President Joe Biden will host Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol at Camp David campus near Washington DC on August 18.