Moon, Biden pledge to resolve N. Korean issue together

Seoul, Nov 12 (efe-epa).- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and United States President-elect Joe Biden agreed during a Thursday telephone call to work together to solve the problem posed by North Korea’s nuclear program.

The two pledged to cooperate in other areas such as the pandemic or climate change and agreed to hold a first summit shortly after Biden officially took office in January, South Korean presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok said at a press conference.

Today was the first telephone conversation between the two after Biden’s victory was announced following last week’s US presidential elections.

“I just spoke with Joe Biden and congratulated him on his election. We have reaffirmed our commitment to the robust alliance between [South Korea] and the United States and a prosperous and peaceful Korean peninsula,” Moon wrote on Twitter.

Biden’s transition team published a statement in which they said the president-elect wanted to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance for security operations in the Indo-Pacific region.

Although Moon always showed his support for Donald Trump and his efforts to settle a peace agreement and denuclearization with Pyongyang, claims in books such as those written by Bob Woodward or John Bolton allege the US president dislikes his Korean counterpart.

Apart from forcing the renegotiation of the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, Trump demanded that South Korea multiply its annual contributions by five to maintain the 28,500 US military personnel Washington has deployed in its territory and hinted with removing. EFE-EPA


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