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South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived in Britain on Monday for a significant state visit, focusing on enhancing economic and security collaborations amidst rising concerns over North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
This visit marks the first state event hosted by Britain under King Charles and aligns with North Korea’s apparent preparations for a spy satellite launch. British Ambassador to South Korea, Colin Crooks, highlighted the historic nature of this visit, emphasizing a strengthening of the 140-year relationship across various sectors, including defense, trade, and technology.
In an interview with the Telegraph, President Yoon underscored the need for “very close security cooperation” with Western allies, given global conflicts and escalating tensions in the South China Sea and North Korea’s ties with Russia.
Responding to Yoon’s remarks on the South China Sea, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning emphasized China’s self-sufficiency in handling its affairs.
Yoon’s visit, which follows his participation in the APEC summit in San Francisco, will focus on promoting a “rules-based maritime order” and maintaining stability in the Taiwan Strait.