July 01, 2022

Yoon Suk-yeol says overfocus on North Korea undercut Seoul’s global diplomacy

South Korean president-elect reaffirms intention to boost ties with Washington and Tokyo in interview with US newspaper

The Moon Jae-in administration’s focus on North Korea came at the expense of South Korea’s relations with other countries, president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has said, promising to restore U.S.-ROK ties as the “foundation” of Seoul’s new foreign policy.

In an interview with The Washington Post published Thursday, the incoming president also justified his characterization of the DPRK as the “main enemy” of South Korea, pointing to the North’s nuclear weapons tests.