President Yoon Suk-yeol is expected to call for a strong response to North Korea's provocations and for efforts to bring the regime back to dialogue in a trilateral meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida later today.
The three are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, which will mark the first trilateral in nearly five years, after the last one was held on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2017.
So, what could the leaders discuss in detail? And what sort of outcome can we expect to be reached on the issue of Korean Peninsula security?
For this we are joined in the studio by Dr. Go Myong-hyun, Senior Fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Thank you for coming on, Dr. Go.
1. In a few hours from now, there'll be a trilateral summit between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan.
They will definitely touch upon Korean Peninsula security issues.
What outcome do you expect from the discussions?
Do you think Seoul and Japan could expand their scope of cooperation in dealing with North Korea?
2. President Yoon Suk-yeol is expected to call for international solidarity in achieving freedom and peace. How could fellow NATO member states cooperate in terms of the security issue in the Korean Peninsula?
3. NATO member states are set to label China a "systemic challenge" when it outlines its new policy guidelines this week, while also defining Russia as a "direct threat" to its alliance security.
The latest moves are expected to even highlight the already frosty division between NATO and BRICS countries.
How do you see the situation?
4. Earlier this week, Professor Kim Young-jun of the Korea National University (also) said that if this carries on, it would lead to Cold War-style relations for an extended period of time.
Do you agree and how will this impact the Korean Peninsula?
5. Chinese tabloid newspaper, the Global Times, reported that the U.S's efforts to expand partnerships in the Asia Pacific region causes tensions in the Korean Peninsula, warning that Seoul-Beijing ties could become more complicated if Seoul continues to depend on Washington.
What could they mean by a more "complex relationship"? How should South Korea approach diplomacy with China?
Thank you for your insights as always, Dr. Go. We appreciate it.