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(2nd LD) Moon, Biden reaffirm commitment to robust alliance, peaceful Korea

All News 10:19 November 12, 2020

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SEOUL, Nov. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in had a phone call with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday, in which they reaffirmed a commitment to a robust Seoul-Washington alliance.

"We reaffirmed our firm commitment to a robust ROK-US alliance and peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula," Moon said on Twitter. ROK is the acronym for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

He added, "Going forward, I will work closely with him to meet global challenges including COVID-19 and climate change."

It marked their first conversation since Biden was declared the winner of last week's election.

An image of South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (Yonhap)

Moon earlier issued a statement expressing hope for a stronger alliance between the two nations and continued bilateral partnerships in efforts for denuclearization and regional peace.

Biden made a visit to the Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia, his official activity as the incoming U.S. president, on Veterans Day.

He reportedly spoke by phone with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on the day as well, following calls with Canadian and European leaders.

A screenshot of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's social media post on Nov. 12, 2020, describing his telephone conversation with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Biden has stated he will as president work to further strengthen the United States' relationships with its traditional allies, including South Korea.

"As President, I'll stand with South Korea, strengthening our alliance to safeguard peace in East Asia and beyond, rather than extorting Seoul with reckless threats to remove our troops," he said in a special opinion contributed exclusively to Yonhap News Agency before the presidential election held last Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, members of Cheong Wa Dae's National Security Council's standing committee discussed the developments of the American presidential election and the means to sustain and further develop the South Korea-U.S. relationship based on the bilateral alliance.

The session was presided over by Suh Hoon, director of national security at Cheong Wa Dae.

The members also discussed measures to "achieve lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and its denuclearization," according to Cheong Wa Dae.

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