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S. Korean president: no unilateral status quo changes in Taiwan Strait

  • 30 November, 2022
  • Tomasz Koper
S. Korean president: no unilateral status quo changes in Taiwan Strait
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol during an interview with Reuters (photo: Reuters/TPG)

South Korean President Yun Seok-yeol says his country resolutely opposes unilateral changes to the status quo in the Taiwan Strait. That comment came from an exclusive interview Yun gave to Reuters on Monday.

During the interview, Yun talked about North Korean nuclear tests, regional security, and cooperation. On the topic of the Taiwan Strait, he said that any cross-strait conflicts should be resolved according to international norms and regulations.

On Wednesday, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said it welcomes Yun’s words. It adds that Taiwan and South Korea both face military threats from dictatorships. The ministry says Taiwan will work together with South Korea to protect peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The ministry also says South Korean authorities have underlined the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait numerous times since a South Korea-US summit in May last year. Earlier this month, the presidents of South Korea and the United States, alongside Japan’s prime minister, made a joint statement at the 17th East Asia Summit. In it, they said peace in the Taiwan Strait is essential for maintaining international security.

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