Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong left to UK on Sunday, for discussion on the access to vaccines, climate change and other global questions at a Group of Seven (G7). Foreign Minister Eui-yong
The first G-7 meetings in person in more than two years will be held in London from Monday to Wednesday. The meeting will take place in London. While there was no party to it, the president of Southeast Asian Nations’ Association, South Korea, Australia, India, South Africa and Brunei, have been invited.Chung will meet bilaterally on the sidelines with his counterparts in the USA, Britain, India and the European Union—Antony Blinken, Dominic Raab, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Josep Borrell.
The multilateral forum could launch Chung’s first talks with Toshimitsu Motegi, his Japanese counterpart. Diplomatic efforts to arrange bilateral talks and a trilateral meeting with Minister Blinken have been underway.
During the talks, Chung and Blinken will discuss a diplomatic approach to the nuclear issue in North Korea, given Washington’s re-calcitrant regime policies.White House Speaker Jen Psaki said Friday the U.S. Northern policy calls for a “calibrated, practical” approach and does not focus on a grand negotiation nor will it rely on strategic patience, a term which refers to an Obama-era approach to expect the North to signal change in behavior while preserving diplomatic and economic pressure.
The possibility is also drawn to Chung and Motegi in their current capacities for the first time.
Chung has made overtures for dialogue with Motegi “in any format,” but Motegi has not acceded to that call amid protracted rows over Tokyo’s wartime forced labor, sexual slavery and export curbs.
The G7 meeting’s agenda includes collaborative initiatives to ensure equal access to vaccinations, rebound from the pandemic, promote girls’ education in developing countries, and combat climate change. (Yonhap)
Source: The Korea Herald