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S. Korea welcomes Blinken's inauguration as top U.S. diplomat

Diplomacy 08:15 January 27, 2021

SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea welcomes the inauguration of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and expects that the alliance with the United States will develop further, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

"Our government welcomes the official inauguration of U.S. Secretary of State Blinken following the Senate approval," ministry spokesperson, Choi Young-sam, said in a commentary.

"We expect the South Korea-U.S. alliance to develop further with the inauguration of the new secretary, who has ample experience and excellent leadership with a deep understanding of the bilateral relations and the Korean Peninsula issues," Choi said.

Blinken won the Senate confirmation on Tuesday (U.S. time) as the country's new top diplomat in a 78-22 vote, about two months after he was named to lead the State Department.

During his Senate hearing, Blinken said the Biden administration will work with traditional allies, such as South Korea, to restore U.S. global leadership.

He also said the new administration will review the country's "entire approach and policy" toward North Korea and find a way to bring the country back to the negotiating table in close consultations with Seoul and other allies.

In this EPA photo, Antony J. Blinken speaks during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Jan. 19, 2021. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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