Alondra Nelson, head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), met yesterday with Lee Jong-ho, the Republic of Korea (ROK)’s Minister of Science and Information and Communication Technology at the White House. This was their first meeting, which provided an opportunity to build on the themes and interests recently highlighted in the United States-Republic of Korea Leaders’ Joint Statement, following President Joe Biden’s meeting with President Yoon Suk Yeol in the ROK in May. Dr. Nelson highlighted the importance of the U.S.-ROK alliance, including with regards to critical and emerging technologies. She indicated support for people-to-people exchanges, agreed to work towards a joint statement on quantum technology cooperation, and shared her appreciation that negotiations on the U.S.-ROK Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement – with amendments and extension – have successfully concluded. Both Dr. Nelson and Minister Lee exchanged interest in building on this initial meeting.

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