Bite in Seoul to discuss crisis around North Korea


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US President Joe Biden is in Seoul on Saturday to discuss North Korean threats with South Korea’s newly installed president, Yoon Suk-yeol. It writes Reuters.

Biden began the day with a visit to Seoul National Cemetery, where many South Korean soldiers who fought alongside the Americans during the Korean War are buried.

The American president laid a wreath at the Memorial Tower, which has been erected in memory of the tens of thousands of soldiers whose bodies have never been found. Biden then had discussions with Yoon followed by a press conference and a gala dinner.

Biden, who is on his first visit to Asia as president, is taking from South Korea to Japan.

U.S. officials say Biden, in addition to North Korea and Russia’s war in Ukraine, is focusing on building a strong personal relationship with Yoon, who has been in the presidency for less than two weeks.

Like Japan, South Korea is one of America’s most important allies in Asia and plays a key role in Americans’ attempts to limit China’s dominance and maintain a free and open Pacific.

“Biden’s Asia trip must emphasize unity and ever-strengthening cooperation with our close allies,” said US delegation officials.

But the visit is marked by North Korea’s saber rattling along the heavily guarded border with South Korea.

South Korea’s new president says he intends to find a solution to the nuclear threat from the country’s neighbor to the north. At the press conference with Biden, he said that Seoul and the United States are stepping up cooperation on advanced new nuclear reactors and stepping up security cooperation with Japan.

“In addition, together with the international community, we will support North Korea’s fight against covid-19,” said Biden, who, among other things, has offered South Korea new fighter jets.

Under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, North Korea has for some time been reporting on the continued armament of nuclear weapons and test explosions.

The two countries have been formally at war since 1950, but since 1953 there has been a ceasefire.

Biden expressed deep concern over North Korea’s nuclear program. He declared himself ready to meet with Kim Jong-Un.

“But that presupposes that he wants serious negotiations,” said Biden, who has offered North Korea vaccines against the country’s major outbreak of covid-19.

The same signals are being sent by South Korea.

“If North Korea truly embarks on nuclear disarmament, we are prepared to work with the international community to develop an ambitious plan that will greatly strengthen North Korea’s economy and prepare the quality of life for its people,” the statement said. Yoon Suk-yeol.

During his visit to Seoul, Biden has also focused on the plans of large South Korean companies in the US – including Samsung’s plans to build a new semiconductor factory in Texas and on the car giant Hyundai’s plans for an electric car factory in Georgia.

/ritzau/Reuters.


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