President Biden will meet with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea in Washington on May 21, the White House introduced on Thursday.
“President Moon’s visit will highlight the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the broad and deep ties between our governments, people, and economies,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, stated in an announcement. “President Biden looks forward to working with President Moon to further strengthen our alliance and expand our close cooperation.”
In an interview with The New York Times published last 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 exams.
“He beat around the bush and failed to pull it through,” Mr. Moon stated of Mr. Trump’s efforts on North Korea. “The most important starting point for both governments is to have the will for dialogue and to sit down face to face at an early date.”
He additionally known as for the United States to cooperate with China on North Korea and different international points, like local weather change. Deteriorating relations between the 2 nations may threaten negotiations over denuclearization, he warned.
Mr. Biden met with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan on the White House on April 16, marking the primary in-person go to of a international chief throughout his presidency.