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President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, will focus their Friday meeting on security in the Asian region, including the denuclearization of North Korea.
In a call with reporters, a senior administration official explained that Biden will explore existing options for diplomacy with North Korea to achieve “practical progress” that enhances the security of the United States, its forces deployed in the region and that of its allies.
“We will continue to work closely to achieve greater security in this important region of the world. (…) We have learned from previous administrations’ efforts to have a better chance of diplomatic success,” that source insisted, without giving further details.
Moon’s visit will be the second visit to the White House by a foreign leader since Biden took office on January 20. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was the first to visit the presidential mansion on April 16.
Beyond the situation in North Korea, the presidents will also share their strategies and commitments to lower their emissions of polluting gases, specifically in the energy and transportation sectors, according to the source.
Moon’s visit to Washington comes after the Biden administration completed its North Korea policy review in late April.
As a result of that review, Biden has stated that his goal in the relationship with North Korea is to seek a middle ground between the “strategic patience” that defined Barack Obama’s vision and Donald Trump’s ambition for a “grand bargain,” the White House said at the time.
Moreover, Biden has made it clear that he will count on his two major allies in the region, South Korea and Japan, to make any decision on Pyongyang.