South Korean FM Meets Top U.S. Envoy to Discuss Alliance and North Korea

SEOUL – South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul convened with the United States' top diplomat in Seoul, Ambassador Philip Goldberg, on Tuesday to deliberate on enhancing the bilateral alliance and expanding trilateral cooperation with Japan, given the escalating threats from North Korea. According to a press release from the foreign ministry, Cho highlighted the evolution of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, which has reached an unprecedented level since the commemoration of its 70th anniversary last year, and proposed further advancements in the partnership.

According to Yonhap News Agency, acknowledging Cho's recent appointment, referenced the historical milestones achieved between the two nations, including a summit among the leaders of South Korea, the United States, and Japan at Camp David in August of the previous year. Both officials expressed their concerns over North Korea's continuous aggressive rhetoric and provocations, coupled with its refusal to engage in dialogue.

The discussions also touched upon the necessity for China to adopt a constructive stance in resolving the North Korean dilemma and the importance of bolstering trilateral cooperation with Japan. Cho and Goldberg concurred on the imperative to take decisive action against the recent military collaboration between North Korea and Russia, which poses a threat to regional and global peace and stability. This meeting marked Cho's inaugural discussion with Seoul-based ambassadors since taking office earlier in the month.

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