Blinken consults with the G7 on its new strategy regarding North Korea and strengthens ties with the United Kingdom

MADRID, 4 May. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has begun consultations on his new strategy with respect to North Korea in the framework of the summit of foreign officials of the G7, led by the United Kingdom, with which the United States is strengthening ties.

In a press conference from London and together with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, Blinken has asserted that Washington has completed the policy review on Pyongyang, which has been carried out in a “very deliberate” way, and has stressed that He has addressed it in some of his meetings with representatives of the G7 partners.

“We wanted to make sure that we were consulting very actively with all interested countries, starting with our close allies South Korea and Japan, given their own very solid actions on this issue,” he said, as he spoke with the head of Japanese foreign officials, Motegi Toshimitsu, and South Korean Chung Eui Yong, on “cooperation” for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

According to Blinken, the new policy “requires a practical and calibrated approach that is open” and “will explore diplomacy with North Korea to try to achieve practical progress that increases the security of the United States, our allies and our deployed forces.”

“I hope that North Korea will seize the opportunity to engage diplomatically and see if there are ways to move toward the goal of complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula … But we have, I think, a clear, very clear policy that is It focuses on diplomacy, and I think it is up to North Korea to decide whether or not it wants to participate on that basis, “he continued.

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Raab has supported Blinken’s “strategic paradigm” in this regard and has ensured that “we will complement those efforts made by the United States, our friends and partners in the region.”

“Today’s meeting has been another reminder of the depth and breadth of the work we do together, the convergence of our interests and the many shared values,” added the British Foreign Minister.

And it is that, during the meeting, he has talked with the US secretary about the “need to defend our values” on China, “making Beijing fulfill the commitments it has assumed”, as in relation to Hong Kong.

Regarding China, Blinken has clarified that the two countries, “together”, have taken measures against companies that support forced labor in Xinjiang and has stressed that they will continue with a “solid cooperation to address atrocities” and violation of commitments international by the country.

“I also want to thank the UK for joining us in holding Russia accountable for its reckless and aggressive actions. We have reaffirmed our unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, which I will visit later this week.” the American.

Likewise, he has called to welcome “with approval” the recent announcement of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs on the extension of the Global Magnitsky sanctions to combat human rights abuses in Russia.

There is an opportunity, Raab said, “for a better relationship with Russia.” “We would welcome him. But it depends on the behavior and the facts,” he continued.

At the meeting, the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan was also addressed, on which Blinken has delved into the fact that the United States “does not have a closer ally”, while the British minister has not said that they have “had very good consultations” with the American side to respect.

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Iran has been another of the territories on which both ministers have spoken, as well as Northern Ireland, a region that the secretary of state has defended as “safe and prosperous in which all communities have a voice and can enjoy the benefits of the peace that it cost him so much to achieve “.

“Like several American presidents before him, President (Joe) Biden has been unequivocal in his support for the Good Friday Agreement, which was a historic achievement and that we must protect,” he pointed out, to say that “there is much more I could say about all the work that countries do every day silently and in another way to serve the interests of our people and, I think, of the international community in general. “

In this context, he reiterated that he “welcomes the provisions of both the UK-European Union trade agreement and the Northern Ireland Protocol that will help protect the proceeds of the Good Friday Agreement.” “As the UK and the EU begin to implement Brexit-related provisions, we will continue to encourage them to prioritize political and economic stability in Northern Ireland.”

The meeting has been framed in the beginning of the summit of foreign ministers of the G7 – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union -, an event that this Tuesday will bring together more representatives of the members and those invited by Raab and in which topics such as the pandemic, climate change or the defense of democratic values, among others, will also be discussed.

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“I see the growing demand and need for agile groups from like-minded countries that share the same values ​​and want to protect the multilateral system, and I think you can see that in the guests we brought to the G7: Korea, South Korea, India, Australia. and South Africa and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – represented by Brunei, as president – And so in that sense, I think we can see a shift towards that pattern of like-minded country groups nimble enough to to work together, “said Raad about the G7.

In the context of the G7, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday asked the nations with the most resources to subscribe to vaccination against COVID-19 in the poorest countries.

In an information session of the World Health Organization, before the leaders’ summit in June, the also special envoy of the UN for Global Education has demanded 60,000 million dollars in collection in the next two years for this purpose .

“By not extending vaccination more quickly to all countries, we are choosing who lives and who dies,” warned the former prime minister, who is campaigning to demand that the G7 “deploy its wealth to end the disease.”

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