Kim Seong-han, head of the National Security Office, said, “Inflation law and economic security issues…to discuss the occasion for bilateral talks”
The 尹 government’s ‘bold initiative’ seems to have been discussed… Attention to North Korea’s lure
70-minute bilateral meeting with Japan… South Korea, the US, and Japan to hold a tripartite meeting of security chiefs
[서울=뉴시스] Correspondent = Kim Seong-han, director of the National Security Office, adjusts the position of a microphone for a briefing on major diplomatic schedules in the briefing room of the presidential office in Yongsan, Seoul on the 11th. 2022.08.11. [email protected]
National Security Office Director Kim Seong-han held a 90-minute meeting with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Honolulu, Hawaii on the afternoon of the 31st (local time). The meeting was held ahead of the trilateral meeting of Korea, the United States, and Japan on the 1st.
At this meeting, Director Kim seems to have dealt with the IRA, which has been drawing keen interest due to the recent controversy over discrimination against electric vehicles in Korea, on the agenda. The IRA clause gives preference to North American electric vehicles for benefits such as tax credits, and there is concern that the sales of Korean electric vehicles will be affected.
In this regard, on the way to Incheon International Airport, Deputy Director Kim said, “IRA is an economic and security issue,” and “We plan to discuss it on the occasion of bilateral talks with the United States.” The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are also fully responding to this issue.
Currently, the Korean government is known to have proposed a plan to suspend the implementation of related measures until 2025, as well as a plan to increase the number of beneficiaries with electric vehicles manufactured in countries that have signed free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States in addition to those made in North America.
At the bilateral meeting of the security chiefs of the Republic of Korea and the United States, it seems that discussions on the so-called ‘Bold Initiative’, which is the Yun Seok-yeol administration’s plan for North Korea, were also focused. It is analyzed that in-depth discussions have taken place on how to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.
There seems to have been a discussion about the possibility of resuming North Korea’s seventh nuclear test, which has been steadily raised since the beginning of this year. In particular, this issue is expected to be addressed at the meeting of the security chiefs of the Republic of Korea, the United States, and Japan scheduled for the morning of the 1st.
In addition, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in early August, discussions on China’s response and regional security are likely to be on the table as tensions in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Taiwan Strait, escalate.
Prior to the meeting of the security chiefs of the ROK and the US, Director Kim held a 70-minute meeting with the chiefs of the security chiefs of Japan and Korea with Japan’s National Security Director Takeo Akiba. It is presumed that the North Korean issue and measures to improve relations between Korea and Japan were discussed.
This is the first time that the security leaders of South Korea, the United States and Japan have gathered together since the inauguration of the Yun Seok-yeol government. The United States has consistently raised the need for strengthening Korea-US-Japan cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and for this, Korea-Japan relations.
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