South Korea retains that principle despite Beijing’s retaliation: PM

South Korea’s Prime Minister Han Yue said it was a lack of courtesy for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to oppose President Yoon Seok-yul, who attends the NATO summit in Madrid.

“If necessary for our safety, we should go,” Han told reporters on June 28 during the dinner party. “It would be a lack of courtesy to say whether China would do it or not. It is not in line with mutual respect.”

Mr Han answered the question of how South Korea should conduct diplomacy with China if the CCP opposes Yun’s attendance at the NATO summit, saying South Korea’s position is very clear. And mutual respect. “

“There were concerns that China could retaliate for economic measures, but if so, we should point out that it is inappropriate,” Han told reporters. “We should not abandon the more important principles just to prevent them. [such retaliatory action].. “

He also said he believed that the division of labor between China and South Korea was so mature that CCP’s economic retaliation against South Korea was unlikely.

“South Korea depends on China for 25% of its exports, but does not believe these export products will be affected. [as a result of the CCP’s dissatisfaction,]”He added.

As with the deployment of the THAAD system, Han categorically replied, “Of course!” When asked if South Korea would adhere to these diplomatic principles if it received retaliation again.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the US National Security Council, said China’s opposition to South Korea’s participation in the upcoming summit:

“And this is not about the Asian version of NATO,” he said at a press conference on June 23.

“I think that’s right,” Han said of Kirby’s comment.

North Korea, like the CCP, responded hostilely to Prime Minister Yun’s intention to meet the NATO summit, accusing the United States of trying to establish “NATO in Asia” and calling South Korea “the dark hands of the United States.” I grabbed it. “

The Korean Central News Agency, a North Korean mouthpiece, threatened that if South Korea attended the summit, it would suffer huge losses and face a security crisis.

Mr Han said South Korea would show deterrence to North Korea under the Yun administration and become more realistic about the dangers the administration actually poses.

“Sometimes it will show what we can do as a deterrent to the nuclear threat … Over the past few years under the previous administration, many have been worried about naive thoughts about peace with North Korea,” Han said. Said. “This administration is not the same.”



Lisabian is a Korean-based writer of The Epoch Times, focusing on Korean society, its culture and international affairs.