February 05, 2021 11:48
President Moon Jae-in finally spoke to U.S. President Joe Biden on the phone Thursday, two full weeks after Biden was inaugurated.
The two presidents agreed on the need to forge a comprehensive North Korea policy as soon as possible, Cheong Wa Dae said, but they did not get more specific than that.
Moon urged Biden to "make joint efforts to advance the establishment of denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula."
The White House in a statement said that Biden told Moon he will "stress his commitment to strengthening the United States-[South Korea] alliance, which is the linchpin for peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia."
Biden also agreed to "closely coordinate" with Moon in dealing with North Korea.
Biden is unlikely to continue his predecessor Donald Trump's personal and haphazard approach to North Korea. He has already signaled that he favors a multilateral approach based on cooperation with U.S. allies.
The two leaders did not have time to discuss any future meeting. A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "We have no choice but to leave some time until the coronavirus pandemic eases."
But they found common ground in both being Catholics. Biden told Moon that the pope called him after his inauguration and discussed climate change and democracy.
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