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Yoon to discuss N.K. nuclear issue with U.N. chief

All News 16:19 August 11, 2022

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol will discuss North Korea's nuclear program when he meets with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Seoul this week, his top security adviser said Thursday.

Yoon and Guterres are set to meet over lunch Friday during the U.N. chief's two-day visit to the country.

"President Yoon and Secretary-General Guterres plan to have discussions centered on the North Korean nuclear issue, which is a direct threat and challenge to the nonproliferation regime, and also exchange opinions on climate change and various issues," National Security Adviser Kim Sung-han said during a press briefing.

Kim said the meeting is expected to serve as an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between South Korea and the U.N., and highlight South Korea's commitment to playing an active role in international affairs ahead of next month's U.N. General Assembly.

Also Friday, Yoon will meet with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

Yoon will explain his administration's foreign policy and request active U.S. Congressional support for the strengthening of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, especially in terms of ensuring equal benefits for South Korean businesses under the CHIPS and Science Act signed by U.S. President Joe Biden this week, Kim said.

National Security Adviser Kim Sung-han briefs the press at the presidential office in Seoul on Aug. 11, 2022. (Yonhap)

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