South Korean president drops personal meeting with Pelosi, causing controversy

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Her two-day visit to Seoul concluded on Thursday, but her impersonal meeting with the president led to controversy among South Koreans.

Pelosi is the first seated speaker To visit South Korea since Dennis Hastert visited Seoul in 2002. She met her counterpart, Kim Jin-pyo, Speaker of the National Assembly, and agreed to support the two governments’ efforts to achieve denuclearization and peace on the peninsula with strong deterrence against the North. Korea.

However, public criticism has mounted about South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol – who missed a personal meeting with Pelosi due to his summer vacation in his country’s capital, Seoul.

Despite her official visit to Seoul, the South Korean presidential office gave several responses to the meeting with Pelosi.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, addresses the media after meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo at the National Assembly on August 4, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Kim Min Hee – Pool / Getty Images)

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Initially, the president’s office told reporters that the meeting between Yoon and Pelosi had not been arranged due to Leon’s scheduled summer vacation. Then she suddenly said that she was coordinating with Pelosi’s office to arrange a meeting, but then came back to announce it again saying that there was no coordination between the two offices.

Although Yoon was staying at his home in Seoul, his office finally confirmed Thursday that the two would be making a phone call and not a face-to-face meeting. The call between the two lasted 40 minutes.

Earlier in the trip, she met the leaders of Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan before arriving in Seoul. She is also expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday.

South Korea's new president, Yoon Seok-yeol, waves after the presidential inauguration outside the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, May 10, 2022.

South Korea’s new president, Yoon Seok-yeol, waves after the presidential inauguration outside the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, May 10, 2022.
(AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

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Choi Young-bum, the top presidential secretary for public relations, said the decision not to hold a meeting with Pelosi was made on the basis of “the national interest.”

But the official declined to answer further questions from reporters about what the “national interest” refers to in this situation.

Adding to the controversy, Pelosi’s delegation arrived at Osan Air Force Base on Wednesday, showing a photo of the absence of Seoul officials from welcoming her and the delegation at the site.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., far right, speaks with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, far left, during their National Assembly meeting on August 4, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., far right, speaks with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, far left, during their National Assembly meeting on August 4, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea.
(Kim Min Hee – Paul / Getty Images)

Choi said Pelosi’s counterpart, the Speaker of the National Assembly, was the one who should have been in charge of throwing a welcome party. He also alleged that Pelosi’s office turned down a party due to the late-night arrival of her delegation on Wednesday.

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Pelosi’s office has yet to issue a statement regarding the controversies arising from criticism of the South Korean president by many of the public there.

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