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The NATO meeting is currently underway in Spain with the leaders of the 30 member countries, including the U.S., Canada and Germany.
They're there to coordinate defensive strategy, discuss new policies as well as boost the alliance's response to security threats.
And for the very first time, President Yoon Suk-yeol is taking part in the meeting as an observer.
President Yoon's attendance signals NATO's concerns over China's growing global influence as China has refused to condemn Russia for the war in Ukraine.
And eyes have also been on that trilateral meeting between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan which was the first such meeting since September of 2017.
For more on those meetings and what this might mean for South Korea, we connect with James Kim, Senior Research Fellow at Asan Institute for Policy Studies and Ms. Elisabeth Braw, Senior Fellow of Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute.
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(KIM) 1- President Yoon Suk-yeol attended the NATO summit in Madrid, becoming the first ever South Korean leader to do so. How would you evaluate his first multilateral diplomatic engagement?
(BRAW) 2- What's your evaluation of his diplomacy in Madrid so far Elisabeth?
(KIM) 3- So then with NATO's new strategic concept, what changes do you expect in the transatlantic allies' military posture?
(KIM) 4- How do you expect South Korea to cooperate with the transatlantic alliance?
(BRAW) 5- Finland and Sweden's bids to join NATO were initially blocked by Turkiye but just yesterday, the Turkish government lifted its objection to the two countries' applications paving the way for both to join the alliance. Tell us more about this.
(KIM) 6- So following the meetings in Madrid could we expect a growing rift between U.S. allies and China and Russia?
(BRAW) 7- Meanwhile, South Korea became the first Asian nation to join NATO's cyber defense body.
What input do you think South Korea could provide to the new security initiative?
(KIM) 8- And of course, many eyes were on that trilateral summit between Seoul, Washington and Tokyo.
Tell us more about what came out of this meeting.
(BRAW) 9- So President Yoon got to encounter the Japanese Prime Minister several times, although briefly. Could we expect a one-on-one summit between the leaders of South Korea and Japan soon? If so, what would the two sides discuss?
Alright that's all the time we have for now.
Again, that was James Kim, Senior Research Fellow at Asan Institute for Policy Studies and Ms. Elisabeth Braw, Senior Fellow of Foreign and Defense Policy at the American Enterprise Institute with their insights. Thank you.