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S. Korean Foreign Ministry official on Yoon-Biden summit, Seoul's evolving foreign policy & Indo-Pacific vision Updated: 2022-05-26 13:55:55 KST

From tackling North Korea's provocations to dealing with geopolitical tensions and threats to economic security, South Korea is already expanding the scope of its cooperation to become a "global pivotal state."
That's according to the Director General of North American affairs at Seoul's foreign ministry.
Lim Sung-woo told Arirang News on Thursday that the May 21st summit held by President Yoon Suk-yeol and his U.S. counterpart set the tone for South Korea's value-based diplomacy.

"It was a great meeting of minds with a similar outlook and similar values because I think they were able to formulate a real trusting relationship because they both have this clear belief, like steadfast belief in, in our shared values, core values of freedom, democracy and human rights."

Based on these core values, Lim says South Korea is working to expand its role as a key partner in addressing a range of global issues, starting with Seoul's trilateral ties with Washington and Tokyo.
The diplomat says the three countries share many common challenges to regional and economic security, beyond the North Korea agenda.
Regarding the pressure on South Korea to choose between its greatest security partner, the U.S., and its largest trading partner, China,
Lim said that Seoul's relations with these two countries are not mutually exclusive.

"Our new government has repeatedly said that we will pursue a really healthy, strong relationship with China to based on mutual respect. And we're talking constantly with our Chinese counterparts. So the bottom line is that we can develop our relations with the U.S. and the same time with China."

The director-general says South Korea is working on its own Indo-Pacific strategy, to map out and expand the reach of Seoul's policies, and promote freedom, human rights and liberal democracy.
Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.
Reporter : osy@arirang.com
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