Yoon Seok-yeol’s diplomacy

[Editorial] Yoon Seok-yeol’s diplomacy with ‘total incompetence’ is disastrous

Cancellation of the Korea-US talks and the end of the controversy between Korea and Japan The lack of a strategy from the perspective of the national interest in the ‘visited meeting

The result of President Yun Seok-yeol’s Korea-US-Korea-Japan summit diplomacy, which was promoted on the occasion of attending the UN General Assembly, is inevitably a ‘disaster’. The Korea-US summit did not take place. After controversies, on the 21st (local time).

The leaders of South Korea and Japan met for the first time in two years and nine months, but the Japanese government defined it as a ‘talking’, not a meeting. There was no progress on major issues, such as discrimination against electric vehicles in Korea under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the United States and a solution to the damage caused by forced mobilization with Japan.

It is far from the ‘happy meeting’ and ‘grand bargain’ that the presidential office promoted before the trip. The people must have felt devastated by the incompetence of diplomacy, which was overall poor in process, form, and content.The meeting between President Yoon and US President Joe Biden was all about a 48-second conversation and a group reception. 

“The two sides have ordered the National Security Council (NSC) to review the inflation reduction law, currency swaps, and extended deterrence issues,” the presidential office said. We have a place to check the contents of the preliminary review today by abbreviating it.” It only confirms that no progress has been made in the dialogue between the leaders other than the working-level discussions so far. 

In the White House announcement after the meeting, there was no mention of inflation reduction laws and currency swaps, which are Korea’s biggest issues. It was confirmed how ignorant and easy the Yoon Seok-yeol administration, which has emphasized pro-American diplomacy, was in the US situation.

President Yun met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for about 30 minutes. The presidential office defined it as a ‘summary meeting’, saying that the leaders of South Korea and Japan reconfirmed the need to improve relations and a will to jointly respond to the North Korean nuclear program, while the Japanese government used the term ‘talking’. 

It’s off from the first button. After Kim Tae-hyo, the first deputy director of the National Security Office, announced on the 15th that “there was an early agreement to hold a summit between Korea and Japan and we are adjusting the time,” the Japanese side strongly objected, and South Korea, which had announced in advance, begged Japan for a summit. has become in shape.

 In the end, President Yoon went to the building where the Japanese mission to the United Nations was located, and the schedule was not announced to the Korean media in advance, and he did not disclose any remarks. Unlike the Moon Jae-in administration, the impatience of showing the rapid normalization of Korea-Japan relations as a result has sparked controversy over ‘humiliating diplomacy’.

What is the strategy and vision of the Yun Seok-yeol administration’s diplomacy? The freedom and value solidarity proclaimed by the UN General Assembly is empty if it does not show any strategy for navigating the period of great change in international order and diplomatic ability to implement it. 

Are we not able to escape from the notion that all problems can be easily solved by strengthening Korea-US-Korea-Japan relations without deeply worrying about Korea’s national interests? Even the basics of diplomacy were poor, and there were things that could not be understood. Following the controversy over Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘missing condolences’, this time, President Yoon met with President Biden and then left the conference room to speak out.

It is difficult to avoid responsibility for the total diplomatic disaster, Kim Seong-han and Kim Tae-hyo of the National Security Office. President Yoon must completely renew the diplomatic and security line and, above all else, change himself. If President Yoon does not change his attitude toward diplomacy and state affairs, Korea will be pushed to a precipice rather than ‘before pardon’ during the upheaval of the international situation.

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