Briefing Room

September 29, 2022

President, US VP discuss expanding bilateral alliance to economy, tech

By Xu Aiying President Yoon Suk Yeol on Sept. 29 held talks with visiting U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Korea on issues of common interest and regional and global issues. In his introductory speech at the presidential office in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District in the morning, President Yoon said, "The Korea-U.S. alliance is developing into a global alliance going beyond the Korean Peninsula and expanding from a military alliance to an economic and technological alliance.""President Biden and I met several times last week in London and New York to reach a consensus on the direction of developing our alliance," he added. "We will continue to develop the Korea-U.S. alliance as a strong pillar that protects the freedom, safety and prosperity of our people.""Following President Biden's trip to Korea, I hope that the visit to Korea by Vice President Harris today is another watershed in further developing the bilateral alliance."Vice President Harris was quoted by the White House by saying, "For nearly 70 years, the U.S.-ROK Alliance remains a linchpin of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and around the world."She added that the purpose of her Korea visit was to bolster the power of both countries and solidify joint efforts.Her visit was the first to Korea by an incumbent U.S. vice president since February 2018, when then Vice President Mike Pence came for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.Vice President Harris was slated to fly home in the evening after attending a meeting with Korean women and visiting the Demilitarized Zone.Earlier on Sept. 28, President Yoon held talks with visiting British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly on major issues like boosting bilateral relations and discussing issues involving the Korean Peninsula.Secretary Cleverly again thanked President Yoon for attending the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and offering condolences to the British royal family, government and people. The official said his country was deeply touched by the warmth and comfort of the Korean people.President Yoon said, "Bilateral relations between Korea and the U.K. have been developing based on the common values of liberal democracy and market economy," asking for British support for Busan's bid to host the 2030 World Expo.

September 26, 2022

President showed sales diplomacy, boosted supply network during trip

By Park Hye RiThe results of President Yoon Suk Yeol's recent visits to the U.K., the U.S. and Canada from Sept. 18-24 have been announced.The presidential office in Seoul on Sept. 25 said his trips to the three countries constituted economic diplomacy such as sales diplomacy, boosting of the supply network for high-tech industries, and creation of a foundation for cooperation in science and technology and future-growth sectors.President Yoon left a deep impression of "strengthening of international solidarity for freedom," the focus of his foreign policy, at his keynote speech made to the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York. In his speech, he suggested freedom and solidarity to resolve international issues amid changing times and expressed Korea's intent to actively help resolve main global issues such as energy, climate and health crises, and the digital divide.His office also cited the chief executive's attendance at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II of England, saying, "President Yoon attended the state funeral and reconfirmed his intent to strengthen solidarity through talks with King Charles III and a meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss.""The British side thanked the president several times for his attendance at the state funeral."The presidential office also cited as achievements during his trip combined investment of USD 1.15 billion from seven global corporations in the high-tech sector, setup of a global venture fund with the U.S. worth USD 220 million and USD 100 million in investments for about 40 startups at a startup summit event. Also cited were President Yoon's talks with leaders of leading economies. In his summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, President Yoon expressed a willingness to cooperate with the White House in relation to the Inflation Reduction Act of the U.S., cooperation in financial stabilization and collaboration with leaders opposed to North Korea's expansion of its nuclear program.President Yoon also held Korea's first summit with Japan in two years and nine months to seek improvement in bilateral relations. His tour also expedited discussions between diplomatic officials and led to the pledge of continued dialogue between both leaders, according to the presidential office.He received the Canadian government's highest level of reception at the bilateral summit in Ottawa, the last leg of his trip. In their talks, Korea and Canada elevated their ties to the level of a "comprehensive strategic partnership."The presidential office said the three countries the president visited all sent troops during the Korean War (1950-53) and that his tour strengthened the basis for cooperation with them.

September 23, 2022

President Yoon lands USD 1.15B in investment, visits Canada

By Kim Hayeon The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Sept. 23 said global companies have made investment pledges worth a combined USD 1.15 billion (KRW 1.61 trillion) on the occasion of President Yoon Suk Yeol's visit to the U.S..President Yoon on Sept. 22 attended the North America Investors Roundtable with CEOs of global companies at the hotel JW Marriott Essex House in New York.Seven corporations -- three in semiconductors, two in electric vehicles and batteries, one in renewable energy and one in distribution -- announced USD 1.15 billion worth of planned investment in Korea to the ministry and plans to hire more than 300 staffs for research and development of cutting-edge technologies and boosting production."The new administration is shifting its economic stance toward the private sector and the market while striving to create a business-friendly environment through bold regulatory innovation that enables companies to utilize their capacities," the president said, "We will assume responsibility and provide support to ensure surefire results from investment in Korea.""Korea has the world's best innovation capacity and the Korean government is focusing on fostering cutting-edge industrial talent, so foreign investors can meet the world's best talent in Korea."The purpose of the event was to build stable supply chains related to national strategic industries like semiconductors, secondary batteries and bio and expand cooperation between Korea and North America in electric vehicles, carbon neutrality and ICT.Around 20 figures attended the roundtable including CEOs of foreign investment companies in the related fields, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Lee Chang-yang and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency President Yu Jeong-yeol.Afterwards, President Yoon flew to Toronto, Canada, the final destination of his overseas trip.After his arrival, he went to the University of Toronto to listen to the advice of globally recognized experts in artificial intelligence on how Korea can make the leap to becoming a digital power and discussed cooperation between Seoul and Ottawa. He later attended a dinner hosted by ethnic Koreans in the Toronto area.President Yoon on Sept. 23 will visit the Canadian capital to attend a summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and give a joint news conference.President Yoon will fly home afterwards.

September 22, 2022

President Yoon hosts 30-minute talks with Japan PM in NY

By Park Hye RiPresident Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sept. 21 in New York held their first summit talks, discussing issues of common interest.On a visit to the Big Apple to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly, President Yoon hosted informal talks lasting 30 minutes with his Japanese counterpart at a conference building near U.N. headquarters from 12:23 p.m., according to the presidential office in Seoul.This was the first talks between the leaders of both nations in two years and nine months since a December 2019 meeting between then President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Chengdu, China.At the New York summit, both leaders agreed to form solidarity and cooperate with the international community to uphold the universal values they share like liberal democracy, human rights and rule of law. The two sides shared serious concern over North Korea's nuclear program, including the North's recent enactment of a law declaring itself a nuclear weapons state and the possibility of a seventh nuclear missile test, and agreed to work closely with the international community in response, according to the presidential office.Both leaders agreed on the need to improve bilateral ties by resolving pending issues, and to this end, they decided to continue consultations while expediting dialogue between officials of their foreign ministries. President Yoon and Prime Minister Kishida also agreed to maintain communication as leaders of their countries.

September 21, 2022

President urges int'l solidarity to defend freedom in 1st UN speech

By Lee Kyoung MiPresident Yoon Suk Yeol on Sept. 20 emphasized the international community's solidarity in defending freedom in his keynote speech to the 77th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York.In his speech titled "Freedom and Solidarity: Answers to the Watershed Moment," he said, "When freedom of any citizen or nation in the global community is in peril, it is the community of nations that must stand together in solidarity to defend that freedom."As the 10th leader of a U.N. member country to speak at the event, the president said, "Today, the global community is yet again witnessing freedom and peace of its citizens put in jeopardy.""Attempts to alter the status quo by force endangers the lives of innocent people; nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction pose increasing threats to humanity; systemic violations of human rights leave millions of children deprived of their future," he added, proposing global solidarity to overcome such threats. "Genuine freedom is not just being free from the shackles but having opportunities to live life to the fullest with dignity," he said. "Genuine peace is not an absence of war but removing conflict and enmity that hold back shared progress of humanity and building the foundation for greater prosperity.""Genuine freedom and peace can turn into reality when we are free from disease and hunger, free from illiteracy and free from want of energy and culture."To resolve global issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, digital divide and climate change, President Yoon stressed cooperation of the international community as essential and pledged a bigger role for Korea as a responsible member of the international community.On boosting the global health system, he said, "Korea has accelerated research and development for Covid-19 therapeutics and vaccines, pledging 300 million dollars toward the ACT-A Initiative." He also mentioned Seoul's hosting in November of the ministerial meeting of the Global Health Security Agenda.Turning to climate change, President Yoon said, "Korea will scale up its green ODA, help developing countries transition to a low-carbon future and share its innovative green technologies with the entire humanity."To narrow the digital divide, he mentioned Korea's ongoing efforts for "transferring and sharing its e-government digital technology with developing countries and many others," adding, "We will continue to more widely share our advanced digital technology and data, and spare no effort in providing support and in investing in education."President Yoon's speech lasted 11 minutes and received seven rounds of applause.He mentioned "freedom" (21 times) the most in his speech, followed by "the U.N." (20) and the "international community" (13).On his speech, the presidential office said, "Through President Yoon's first keynote speech at the U.N. General Assembly since he took office, the Yoon administration unveiled what kind of diplomatic vision and what cooperation and solidarity it will pursue with the international community."

September 20, 2022

Pres. Yoon arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

And having attended the queen's state funeral earlier on Monday President Yoon Suk Yeol is in New York as we speak poised to partake in the high-level General Debate that begins on this Tuesday and to pursue a number of bilateral summits on the sidelines.Flying from London, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol touched down in New York on Monday, local time, where world leaders are gathering for the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.The general debate part of the session runs from September 20th to 26th, during which the South Korean leader will address the chamber on Tuesday, the 20th.Yoon's first UN speech will focus on expanding South Korea's role on the global stage, discussing the importance of global solidarity in deterring war and nuclear threats, as well as recapping his "audacious initiative" for the denuclearization of North Korea."The pandemic, climate change, food shortages, energy security and war all these issues are intertwined. This time, the UN seeks to find groundbreaking solutions. President Yoon's message will focus on urging solidarity, centered on the UN, among nations that share the value of freedom."A series of bilateral meetings await President Yoon, including one-on-ones with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as well as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.Key issues will be the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, mending Seoul-Tokyo ties, and the North Korea nuclear issue.The Yoon-Kishida meeting will mark the first summit between the two countries in two years and nine months, closely watched by many as the neighbors have been locked in a row over disputes stemming from Japan's 1910 to 1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.President Yoon will also meet with business people, scientists and Korean residents in New York.His third and final leg of tour will take him to Canada, where the Korean leader will sit down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Arirang News

September 20, 2022

President Yoon gives medal to British Korean War veteran

By Kim Eun-youngPresident Yoon Suk Yeol on Sept. 19 gave the Civil Merit Medal to Victor Swift, head of the British Korean War Veterans Association in London, before heading to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.The president held a ceremony for the honor at a hotel in London and thanked Swift, saying, "Because of you, the Republic of Korea of today exists."The U.K. dispatched the second-largest contingent of troops to the Korean War after the U.S. Born in 1934, Swift was a corporal in the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.The president said, "Korea's liberal democracy and free market economy, which led our growth and prosperity, are all thanks to people like Mr. Victor Swift, who dedicated his life as a teen to a country he had never been to and to protect the freedom of people he had never met.""The U.S., the U.K., Canada and countries around the world dispatched many young men to defend against communist invasion. (My) latest visits to the U.K., the U.S. and Canada in that order are very meaningful."President Yoon wished Swift good health and invited him to visit Korea, presenting the veteran with a presidential watch, red ginseng set and Kwangjuyo (traditional pottery brand) as gifts.Swift said he was moved and thanked President Yoon and everyone else on behalf of other British veterans of the Korean War.The day before arriving in London, President Yoon was supposed to lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial but opted for this ceremony due to traffic control issues stemming from crowds paying their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II. 

September 19, 2022

S. Korea's Yoon Suk Yeol Offers Deepest Condolence to King Charles III

President Yoon Suk Yeol is in the UK, the first leg of his three nation tour which will also take him to the U.S. and Canada.His stay in London will be devoted to paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who died earlier this month after being on the throne for 70 years.South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is in London alongside hundreds of world leaders and thousands of ordinary people who flocked to the British capital... joining long lines to pay their final respects to the UK's longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth the Second.President Yoon and first lady Kim Kun Hee touched down here Sunday afternoon joining royals, heads of state and heads of government from the around the globe to attend the state funeral of the late queen.Across the capital city, thousands of police, hundreds of troops and an army of officials were seen making final preparations for the state funeral, a spectacular display of national mourning that's also become the biggest gathering of world leaders for years.As the day turned to evening, world leaders from U.S. President Joe Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol made their way to the Buckingham Palace to attend what's been dubbed the "reception of the century."Yoon, dressed in a black suit and a black tie and his wife, donning a black dress were greeted by King Charles the Third."President Yoon expressed his deep condolences to King Charles III for the death of Queen Elizabeth II and conveyed words of consolation. (...) He also said the Queen will forever be remembered for her lifetime dedication to defending peace and freedom."The newly ascended 73-year-old king expressed his gratitude to the Yoons for going out of their way to make this trip happen and introduced the members of his family - Queen Consort Camilla and Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate Middleton - to South Korea's first couple. During the hour-long reception, the South Korean leader also managed to catch up with other world leaders like U.S. President Biden and Japan's Emperor Naruhito.Arirang News

September 19, 2022

President arrives in London, attends reception hosted by British king

By Jung Joo-ri President Yoon Suk Yeol on Sept. 18 arrived in London the day before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, starting his seven-day overseas trip. After arriving at London Stansted Airport, the chief executive and first lady Kim Keon Hee began their official schedule by attending a reception hosted by King Charles III.Senior Secretary to the President for Public Relations Kim Eun-hye discussed the reception at a media briefing held at the press center inside the hotel London Hilton on Park Lane.The secretary quoted President Yoon as expressing to King Charles III his deep condolences over the queen's death during the hourlong reception at Buckingham Palace.The president told the king, "I will never forget the queen, who always dedicated herself to defending freedom and peace," adding "The people of the Republic of Korea also share your grief."King Charles III responded by thanking the president for making such a long trip and revising his schedule to visit the U.K.The king introduced members of the royal family to President Yoon, who exchanged greetings with Queen Consort Camilla and Prince William and Princess Catherine (Kate Middleton) of Wales. The princess expressed her intent to visit Korea, where she has never gone, if invited. The king, whose first trip to Korea was back in 1992, also said he hoped for the opportunity to visit again.President Yoon told them that they were always welcome, according to Secretary Kim.At the reception, the president also spoke to world leaders like British Prime Minister Liz Truss, U.S. President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.President Yoon greeted President Biden and pledged to see him again soon at the United Nations General Assembly.Before the reception, President Yoon canceled plans to lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial in London and visit Westminster Hall, where the queen is lying in state, due to traffic control.He will attend her state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. Around 2,000 people are expected to attend including 500 heads of state and members of royal families from other countries.After the funeral, President Yoon will wrap up his two-day London visit by attending a ceremony to award national medals to Korean War veterans. He will then fly to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly.

September 13, 2022

President Yoon to visit UK, US, Canada from Sept. 18-24

By Min Yea-JiPresident Yoon Suk Yeol from Sept. 18-24 will visit the U.K., the U.S. and Canada in that order.National Security Office Director Kim Sung-han on Sept. 12 held a media briefing on the chief executive's itinerary at the presidential office in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District, saying, "The purpose of the tour is to strengthen solidarity among partner countries that share core values and expand the foundation of 'economic diplomacy.'"In London on Sept. 19, President Yoon will attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey as the first event of his tour. "(President Yoon) will honor the memory of Queen Elizabeth II, who led the U.K. for the last seven decades, and deliver his deep condolences to the British people and royal family," Director Kim said."The U.K. sent the second-largest contingent of troops during the Korean War after the U.S., and around 4,000 British troops were either killed or wounded," the director added. "This country shares key values with Korea through today and is an ally that we closely cooperate with."President Yoon will "naturally" hold talks with leaders of key liberal democracies attending the funeral to "pursue solidarity of the international community for freedom and peace," Director Kim said. After visiting London, President Yoon will head to New York.The director said the president will deliver a speech on the first day (Sept. 20) of high-level keynote speeches of the United Nations General Assembly, adding that bilateral talks with other participating leaders, a meeting with the U.N. secretary general and gathering of ethnic Korean residents in New York are in the works.On President Yoon's first keynote speech to the U.N. General Assembly since taking office, the director said, "The theme of this General Assembly is to find transformative solutions to complicated challenges in the belief that the international community is at an unprecedented turning point, a 'watershed moment.'""In his speech, President Yoon is expected to present the Republic of Korea's role as a global leader who substantially contributes to resolving international issues and takes the initiative in building a global order based on universal values."Excluding the queen's funeral and the assembly, other events during the president's tour of the three countries will focus on "economic diplomacy" to secure growth engines for Korea and promote international cooperation in cutting-edge industries.On Canada, the last leg of the chief executive's trip, the director described the North American country as "the second-largest supplier of mineral resources, key producer of core minerals essential for secondary batteries and electric vehicles such as lithium, nickel and cobalt, and leader in AI," adding, "Korean corporations are pushing for large-scale investment in the Canadian battery sector.""The visit to Canada will provide an opportunity to deepen bilateral cooperation in the digital sector and artificial intelligence, secure a stable and resilient supply chain for core minerals, and bolster economic security."