South Korea’s ICT minister discusses technology alliance, US tech partnership, space officials

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s Science and ICT Minister Lee Jong-ho met with U.S. technology and space officials and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation and bilateral alliance in the field of advanced technologies, officials said on Tuesday. .

Lee met with Alondra Nelson, acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in Washington on Monday (US time) and discussed the need to strengthen the countries’ technology alliance based on the agreements from a bilateral summit held in May, says the Ministry of Science.

According to the ministry, Nelson said she was pleased with recent semiconductor investment plans announced by Samsung Electronics Co. and SK hynix Inc. in the United States, and Lee asked for the interest and support of the US government for both companies.

The two officials also shared the need to strengthen cooperation in the field of quantum technology and agreed to announce a joint statement on cooperation in this field in the second half of the year.

Lee also met with Chirag Parikh, Executive Secretary of the White House National Space Council, and Bill Nelson, Administrator of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of space exploration.

The minister plans to travel to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida later this week to observe the launch of the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, South Korea’s first lunar orbiter, scheduled for Friday morning (Korean time).

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