On the sidelines of a foreign leader's second visit to the White House during the new administration, the two have spoken about their shared focus on Pyongyang and the "warning" from its nuclear and missile plans.
US President Joe Biden received his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the White House on Friday, with whom he expressed deep concern over the situation in North Korea and its nuclear missile program. What, for which both expressed their commitment to work for the complete denial of the peninsula.
At the leaders' meeting, on the sidelines of a second visit to the White House by a foreign leader of the Biden administration, the two discussed their common focus on Pyongyang and the threat posed by its nuclear and missile programs.
Likewise, they have asserted that they share the "will" to "engage diplomatically" with North Korea to "take pragmatic measures to reduce tensions," as explained by the President of the United States.
All this, to achieve "the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," stressed Biden, who also announced that the Acting Undersecretary of the Office of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Sung Kim, will serve as US special envoy for North Korea, CNN reports.
The President of the United States has recognized that achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is a "challenging" goal and has recalled that none of the four previous administrations has completed it.
In this context, he also expressed that a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be possible with the determination to discuss their nuclear weapons.
PYONGYANG POLICY REVIEW
The meeting between Moon and the US president came after Washington completed a review of its policy on Pyongyang. This process has lasted months, and the outcome of which was consulted on Friday with the South Korean team.
The review has been welcomed with "satisfaction" by Moon, as it adopts a pragmatic and negotiating approach that is "open and in line with the United States and North Korea to make concrete progress on enhancing security." Will explore diplomacy, according to the joint statement.
In addition to Pyongyang, the two leaders agreed to work together to improve the human rights situation in the country and pledged to facilitate the delivery of much-needed humanitarian assistance to North Koreans.
They also highlighted the importance of trilateral cooperation between the United States, South Korea, and Japan to address this situation, safeguard our common security and prosperity, defend common values, and strengthen the rule of law.
On the other hand, leaders have stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and reiterated their "opposition" to any activity that undermines the institutional order based on the law. Stability suffers, and at the same time, they make a commitment. To keep the Indian Pacific "comprehensive, free and open."
Likewise, Biden and Moon have expressed their support for the "centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN"), within which they have decided to promote "greater connectivity" and foster "digital innovation ." In this context, they have also condemned the violence exerted by the Burmese Army and Police against the civilian population and have called on the international community to provide refuge for Burmese and prohibit arms to the military junta that controls the country.
Similarly, they agreed to deepen cooperation across other domains, including cyberspace and space, to guarantee an effective joint response to emerging threats.
Other topics discussed by the leaders are global health, climate, emerging technologies, supply chain resilience, or migration.
VACCINATION AGAINST COVID-19
In this context, the two leaders agreed to establish the Global Vaccine Association, of course, the Global Vaccine, to strengthen the joint response capabilities for infectious diseases and stressed that it Contribute to meeting the demand for immunizations.
In this regard, the President of the United States of America said that we believe that from half of 2021 to 2022, we can produce one billion more doses of vaccine.
Biden has also announced that the United States will provide full coronavirus vaccines to 550,000 South Korean service members - airmen, soldiers, sailors - who work closely with US forces, Bloomberg reports.
The presidents of the United States and South Korea have also agreed to work together to address the shortage of semiconductors, which has hampered the production of automobiles and electronics. However, an agreement had previously been announced to deepen cooperation in several industries, including batteries for electric vehicles.
The United States and South Korea have also agreed to end bilateral missile guidelines, which have long limited missile development through Seoul to below 800km.
We recognize that, with our cooperation, the United States-Republic of Korea alliance will play an increasingly global role, allowing us to meet these defining challenges," the two sides added in a joint statement.