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Foreign ministry hails Biden's pledge to strengthen alliances
Published : Jan 21, 2021 - 19:22
Updated : Jan 22, 2021 - 09:26

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (center) attends a National Security Council meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday. (Yonhap)

The foreign ministry on Thursday welcomed new US 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 US president, Choi added that the ministry will keep this objective in focus and make related efforts.

In the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday (US time), Biden promised to repair alliances and engage with the world to restore US 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 US 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 US 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 US administration to that end.

In a separate commentary, Choi also welcomed Biden‘s decision to reenter the Paris climate agreement, which the US pulled out of last year under then-President Donald Trump’s order.

“Our government hopes to expand cooperation with the US government in the climate change and environment fields, including the Green New Deal and the implementation of the Paris agreement,” the spokesperson said. The Green New Deal is one of Moon‘s key initiatives aimed at achieving sustainable growth through eco-friendly policies. (Yonhap)

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