Promoting Peace: A Possible New Trilateral Partnership between the United States, South Korea, and North Korea

Puru Trivedi, Andrew Shapiro, Ambassador Cho Yoon-je, Ambassador Stuart Holliday


On May 4, 2018, Meridian partnered with Beacon Global Strategies to host a breakfast with His Excellency Ambassador Cho Yoon-je, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, as a part of the Global Business Breakfast series. This event gives companies the opportunity to engage with embassy and government officials about global issues and foreign policies affecting their industries.

This event was particularly significant, given the recent diplomatic exchange between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Ambassador Cho gave opening remarks about the state of affairs between South Korea and the United States. Since the inception of the Trump administration, Presidents Trump and Moon have met in person three times and have had thirteen telephone conversations. Ambassador Cho is optimistic that the countries will continue to have close economic and political ties.

Cooperation between the United States and South Korea has been instrumental to the previously inconceivable meeting between the leaders of both South Korea and North Korea. President Moon plans on visiting the United States later this month to discuss the agreements made at the inter-Korean Summit, before another meeting between the US and North Korea takes place. President Moon and Chairman Kim Jong-un have settled on three key issues in order to allow for a steady road towards peace: the overall improvement of Korean relations, the easing of military tensions, and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Ambassador Cho is hopeful that the economic ties and trade policy, as well as diplomatic cooperation between the United States and South Korea will continue. United States support is critical to the slow but gradual introduction of North Korea into the international market. The United States is also influential in terms of sustainable diplomatic relations between North Korea and South Korea. Overall, the partnership between the United States and the Republic of Korea remain among one of the most important for both states, especially during the current dynamism around the world.


In Attendance

Corporate Council Members:

Boeing Company
Squire Patton Boggs

Embassy of the Republic of Korea: Ambassador Cho Yoon-je, Ho-Kwon Ryu (Economic Counselor), Dohwan Kim (Economic Secretary), Jake Melville (Special Advisor)

Guests: Gensler, Lockheed Martin, Mylan, Raytheon, S&P Global, theGroup, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Telecom, Wiley Rein, The Asia Group

Meridian International Center: Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Puru Trivedi, Lizzy Ramey

Meridian looks forward to working with the Embassy of the Repubic of Korea on future initiatives in Washington.

For Council items, please contact Puru P. Trivedi, Director for Corporate Relations | 202-939-5524 |

Project summary

Promoting Peace: A Possible New Trilateral Partnership between the United States, South Korea, and North Korea | May 2018
Number of Visitors: 30
Number of Attendees: 30
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Countries: North Korea, South Korea
Impact Areas: Business and Trade, Security and Defense
Program Areas: Diplomatic Engagement
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Private Sector