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Biden visits South Korea to strengthen alliance


Frank Smith
Press TV, Seoul

US President Joe Biden visits South Korea and Japan this week to strengthen alliances and send a message to China.

US President Joe Biden met South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for summit talks in Seoul, Saturday. The conservative Yoon seeks to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance.

Biden’s remarks perhaps fell short of the strategic nuclear umbrella the hawkish Yoon seeks, while offering some reassurance regarding North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

Several demonstrations took place throughout the day outside the summit venue.

Peace activists worry Yoon’s hasty actions to embrace Washington endanger regional peace and security.

Presidents Yoon and Biden also toured a Samsung Electronics factory.

Biden plans to launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Tokyo next week, as the US implements the new trade grouping largely aimed at containing China.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is just 10 days into his 5 -year term.

Through this summit with US President Joe Biden, Seoul has now strongly pivoted to a more pro-American foreign policy.

The question then is how US adversaries in the region, China and North Korea, will react.


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