April 16, 2021 10:46
President Moon Jae-in will meet his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in Washington in late May, Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday.
It will be their first meeting since Biden's inauguration and comes over a month later than Biden's summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
"The two leaders will have in-depth discussions on bilateral cooperation for a continuing solid alliance and complete denuclearization and permanent peace of the Korean Peninsula," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss how Korea can secure more coronavirus vaccines and join Washington's semiconductor supply chain, which aims to reduce dependency on China.
The U.S. is expected to have a surplus of vaccines as hundreds of millions more doses are expected to be delivered later this year, and Moon urgently needs some of them because Korea lags drastically behind in its vaccination efforts.
Biden could press Korea to join in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, an informal alliance between the U.S., Japan, Australia and India aimed at containing China. Seoul has so far resisted pressure to join.
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