President Biden will meet with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea in Washington on Could 21, the White Home introduced on Thursday.
“President Moon’s go to will spotlight the ironclad alliance between the USA and the Republic of Korea, and the broad and deep ties between our governments, individuals, and economies,” Jen Psaki, the White Home press secretary, mentioned in an announcement. “President Biden seems ahead to working with President Moon to additional strengthen our alliance and develop our shut cooperation.”
In an interview with The New York Occasions printed final week, Mr. Moon urged Mr. Biden to sit down down with North Korea and kick-start negotiations, calling denuclearization a “matter of survival” for South Korea.
Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump, left workplace with out eradicating a single North Korean nuclear warhead. Kim Jong-un, the chief of North Korea, has resumed weapons checks.
“He beat across the bush and failed to tug it by way of,” Mr. Moon mentioned of Mr. Trump’s efforts on North Korea. “An important start line for each governments is to have the desire for dialogue and to sit down down head to head at an early date.”
He additionally referred to as for the USA to cooperate with China on North Korea and different international points, like local weather change. Deteriorating relations between the 2 international locations might threaten negotiations over denuclearization, he warned.
Mr. Biden met with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan on the White Home on April 16, marking the primary in-person go to of a international chief throughout his presidency.