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International relations

Yoon pursues commercial diplomacy as South Korea's top salesman

President spearheads drive to export more nuclear power facilities and arms

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, center, during his trip to the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 15, with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee and UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (Courtesy of UAE presidential court/Reuters)

TOKYO -- Shortly after the new year arrived, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol flew to the Middle East and Europe to push sales of his country's strategic products related to nuclear power, defense and other items.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 19, Yoon said South Korea "boasts the world's top-notch production technologies and manufacturing capabilities in semiconductor, rechargeable batteries, steelmaking and biotechnology," and is now ready to play the role of "a key partner in the global supply chain."

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