WASHINGTON: The United States has no plans to invite South Korea to join the Quad group of countries, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
“There are many ways that we engage with South Korea. It’s an incredibly important partnership, relationship. But the Quad will remain the Quad,” Psaki said in a press briefing.
The outgoing South Korean administration of President Moon Jae-in was cautious about joining the Quad, a grouping of Japan, the United States, Australia and India apparently aiming to counter China’s growing influence.
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol told The Wall Street Journal last month that he does not expect Seoul to get an invitation to the Quad any time soon, but that if approached, it “will positively review joining.”