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S. Korea considering arranging Moon-Biden phone talks at 'appropriate time': foreign ministry

All News 16:08 November 10, 2020

SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is considering arranging phone talks between President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at an "appropriate" time, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Lee Jae-woong, the ministry's deputy spokesman, made the remarks as speculation has grown over when Moon will hold his first phone conversation with Biden as President Donald Trump has refused to concede defeat in last week's election.

"We are considering holding diplomatic events with the U.S. president-elect, such as sending a congratulatory letter or arranging phone talks, at an appropriate time," Lee told a regular press briefing.

Asked about the possibility of a delay in the possible phone talks, Lee said, "I have nothing particular to mention regarding the domestic political situation in the United States."

On Sunday, Moon tweeted a congratulatory message to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, expressing expectations for joint efforts to develop Seoul-Washington ties and stressing that the two countries' bond is "rock-solid."

This photo, taken on Nov. 9, 2020, shows President Moon Jae-in speaking during a meeting with his senior secretaries at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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