Trilateral summit to be held by Yoon, Biden, and Kishida in the US next month

On August 18, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will meet with Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida and US vice president Joe Biden at Camp David outside of Washington, according to sources on Thursday.

During the summit at the US presidential retreat in Maryland, the three leaders are anticipated to discuss ways to strengthen the deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, according to Yonhap news agency.


The summit will take place in the US “sometime in August,” the presidential office acknowledged in a notice to reporters but added that the precise date and location will be revealed soon after coordination between the three parties.

The nuclear program in North Korea has become more urgent as the recalcitrant government has increased its weapons testing, including the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week using solid fuel.

When the three leaders got together in May in Hiroshima, Japan, outside of a G7 summit, Biden suggested the trilateral summit.

The leaders decided to advance three-way cooperation to a “new level,” further strengthen strategic cooperation in response to North Korea’s nuclear threat, and support the free and open international order based on the rule of law, according to South Korea’s presidential office at the time.

The three leaders are anticipated to check in at Camp David on the status of their agreement made at a trilateral summit in Cambodia in November to share real-time data on North Korean missile warnings.

Supply chain problems and their response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine are additional topics they’ll probably talk about.

The three presidents will get together for a trilateral summit for the first time, rather than as an afterthought to a larger gathering.

Additionally, it will occur four months after Yoon paid a state visit to Washington to commemorate the alliance between South Korea and the United States’ 70th anniversary.

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