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S. Korea to become pivotal country in contributing to freedom, peace: FM nominee Updated: 2022-05-03 08:00:57 KST


The incoming South Korean government's new diplomatic stance will be to become a country that is pivotal to contributing to global freedom, peace, and prosperity.
That's according to foreign minister nominee, Park Jin, speaking to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing on Monday.
He said such goal will be based on a robust Seoul-Washington alliance, to strengthen the central axis of South Korea's diplomacy.
That includes successfully preparing a summit between the incoming president, Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden in Seoul this month.
Park added the Yoon administration will seek to play a greater role for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, East Asia as well as the Indo-Pacific region by participating in Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.
In fact, according to Park, South Korea is considering attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Madrid late next month upon NATO's invitation.
Pointing out the unstable situation on the Korean Peninsula, Park pledged commitment to international cooperation for the implementation of sanctions on Pyeongyang to make the regime realize that nothing can be achieved while it keeps up its nuclear weapon program.
But he also made sure to note the door for dialogue will remain open and left room for humanitarian aid and economic cooperation if the North moves toward substantive progress in denuclearization.
Regarding Seoul-Tokyo relations, the nominee said the new administration will build a cooperative relationship that meets common interests and values based on correct historical understanding.
The National Assembly will hold a confirmation hearing for the nominee for unification minister, Kwon Young-se, next Thursday.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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