(LEAD) Yoon will travel to UK, USA and Canada next week

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) — President Yoon Suk-yeol will depart for the United Kingdom next week to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, a trip that will also take him to New York for the assembly General of the United Nations (UN) and Canada for a bilateral summit, the presidential office said on Monday.

Yoon will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19 in Westminster Abbey, London, the office said earlier. Yoon has previously expressed her condolences over the death of the queen, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 96, after 70 years of reign.

It will be the first appearance of a South Korean president at a funeral ceremony for a leader of another country since 2015. During a press briefing, National Security Advisor Kim Sung-han stressed that the purpose of Yoon’s trip is to strengthen solidarity with partner countries that share the same values ​​and expand the “foundations of economic diplomacy”.

Yoon will then travel to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. He will deliver a keynote speech there on September 20 in which he is expected to reiterate his call for the denuclearization of North Korea, according to his office.

The question is whether or not Yoon will reveal more details about his “bold” move to provide Pyongyang with economic aid in exchange for phased denuclearization.

Officials said they were in talks with US and Japanese officials to set up bilateral summits with US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

If the summit with Biden goes through, Yoon is expected to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 that provides a tax credit offered by the US government of up to $7,500 for each purchaser of an electric vehicle (EV). assembled in North America and excluding from these tax incentives all South Korean EVs assembled in South Korea.

“We don’t know yet whether (the meeting with Japan) will take place as a bilateral summit or a brief meeting, but we are looking to arrange a meeting,” Kim told reporters.

In Canada, he will meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss ways to boost economic security cooperation. Canada is a key global producer of natural resources, such as lithium, nickel and cobalt, needed to make secondary and EV batteries, according to the presidential office.

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