South Korean President Yoon denies asking to attend Quad summit

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South Korean President Yoon denies asking to attend Quad summit

The office of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol denied on Thursday Japanese media reports that he had asked to attend the upcoming summit of the Quad, which includes the United States, India, Australia and Japan.

His spokesperson, Bae Hyun-jin, said during a regular briefing that the report was not discussed with us and that we have checked around about it, but it is not true.

Bae said Yoon welcomes early meetings, asked about possible summits with U.S. President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Tokyo denied any request from Yoon had been received.

Japan has not received any requests from a media report, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, the government spokesman, told a regular news conference.

Yoon, who is expected to take office on May 10, is working to map out his foreign policy directions, with a potential summit in Seoul with Biden during his Asia trip to Japan.