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Foreign ministry hails Biden's pledge to strengthen alliances

Diplomacy 17:03 January 21, 2021

SEOUL, Jan. 21 (Yonhap) -- The foreign ministry on Thursday welcomed new U.S. President Joe Biden's pledge to strengthen alliances, saying it will work with Washington to that end and seek an early summit between the two countries.

"Our government welcomes that President Biden, through his inauguration speech, has expressed a willingness to lead the international community with the power of example, and particularly, to strengthen alliances," ministry spokesperson Choi Young-sam said in a press briefing.

Noting that President Moon Jae-in expressed hope to meet with Biden soon in his congratulatory message to the new U.S. president, Choi added that the ministry will keep this objective in focus and make related efforts.

In the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday (U.S. time), Biden promised to repair alliances and engage with the world to restore U.S. leadership.

Choi also stressed that denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula remains the shared goal of South Korea and the United States, as he commented on U.S. Secretary of State nominee Tony Blinken's remarks that the Biden administration should review its entire approach and policy toward North Korea.

"South Korea and the U.S. have worked together for complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, and there is no disagreement on this objective," he said, adding that Seoul will continue close communication with the new U.S. administration to that end.

Choi Young-sam, the spokesman for South Korea's foreign ministry, gives a briefing in Seoul on Jan. 5, 2021. (Yonhap)


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