U.S., SOKOR REAFFIRM COOPERATION ON VACCINES, MYANMAR
The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States have reaffirmed the goal of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and agreed to deepen cooperation on vaccine distribution and Myanmar, the foreign ministry said Sunday, Yonhap news agency reported.
Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, held talks on the margins of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Britain on Saturday to discuss an array of issues, including follow-up measures to last month's summit between Presidents Moon Jae-in and Joe Biden.
"The minister and secretary agreed to flesh out the outcome of the summit by faithfully implementing follow-up measures in various areas, including vaccines, cutting-edge technologies, supply chains, and atomic energy," the ministry stressed.
"On the occasion of South Korea's participation in the G-7 summit, the ministers agreed to deepen cooperation on pending regional and global issues, including the Myanmar issue and vaccine distribution across the world," it added.
Chung and Blinken reaffirmed the goal of complete denuclearization and the establishment of lasting peace on the peninsula and agreed to closely cooperate to encourage North Korea's return to dialogue, the ministry said.
In addition, they reiterated the importance of their countries' trilateral cooperation with Japan. In a separate press release, the State Department said that the two sides reaffirmed that the bilateral alliance is the "linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast Asia, the Indo-Pacific region, and beyond."