February 21, 2024

‘Militarist invader’ Japan now partner in fight against North Korea, Yoon says

In speech, South Korean president says countries share universal values and must cooperate with US against DPRK threats

It is important for South Korea to bolster cooperation with former “militarist invader” Japan in order to counter the “grave” North Korean nuclear threat, President Yoon Suk-yeol said Wednesday, as he marked the anniversary of the largest Korean protest movement against Imperial Japan’s colonial occupation.

In a speech marking the March 1 Independence Movement holiday, Yoon referred to Tokyo as a security and economic partner in the region, stressing solidarity with countries that share “universal values” to “expand freedom” across the world.