September 21, 2023

Seoul’s Indo-Pacific strategy urges global efforts to curtail North Korean nukes

Expert says strategy could help South Korea ‘internationalize’ DPRK issues and collaborate with ‘like-minded powers’

South Korea introduced its new Indo-Pacific strategy on Wednesday, embracing the economic and security concept that Washington has championed and prioritizing cooperation with the U.S. and Japan to counter North Korean threats.

The Yoon Suk-yeol administration’s new “Strategy for a Free, Peaceful, and Prosperous Indo-Pacific Region” labels Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development as a “serious threat” to peace and stability and notably calls for the denuclearization of the DPRK, rather than the Korean Peninsula.