South Korea, EU agree to boost security ties amid Ukraine, North Korea tension

  • World
  • Monday, 22 May 2023

South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol poses for a photo with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, during their meeting at the Presidential Office in Seoul, South Korea, May 22, 2023. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the European Union agreed on Monday to launch a strategic dialogue between its top diplomats to develop a security partnership, a joint statement said, amid tension over Russia's invasion of Ukraine and North Korean nuclear threats.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol held a summit in Seoul with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, during which the leaders also agreed to step up cooperation in areas such as climate change, health and supply chains.

"South Korea and the EU are important partners that share universal values of freedom, human rights and rule of law," Yoon told a joint press conference, vowing to deepen relations.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Ed Davies)

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