U.S. President Joe Biden speak during a joint news conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk-youl at the People’s House in Seoul, South Korea on May 21, 2022.REUTERS

The U.S. and South Korea issued a joint statement saying they will consider expanded military exercises to deter North Korea’s nuclear threat, at a time when there’s little hope of real diplomacy on the matter.

US President Joe Biden and South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol made the joint statement after a meeting in Seoul on Saturday, that they will consider an expanded military exercises to deter the nuclear threat from North Korea, while also affirming their commitment to a “rules-based international order” following Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.

President Yoon affirmed in remarks at a news conference that their shared goal is the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

The South Korean President also hinted on the strength of the “economic and technology alliance” between the two countries.

“We will continue our cooperation in strategic industries, such as microchips and EV batteries, in order to expand mutual investment and to attain our common goal, which is building a resilient supply chain,” President Yoon said.

Biden told his counterpart at a meeting that their 70-year alliance between their countries is based on “shared sacrifice” and would be taken to new levels as the emphasis on national security is being augmented by an added focus on trade and technology.

“For decades, our alliance has been a linchpin for regional peace and growth and prosperity, and it’s been vital to deterring attacks from the DPRK. And, today, our cooperation is essential to preserve the stability and global — on the global stage as well,” the U.S. president said.

“Our two nations are working to take on both the opportunities and challenges of the moment,” he added.

Joe Biden participates in a ceremony in honor of those who died in the Korean War at the National Cemetery in Seoul on May 21, 2022.
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President Biden is in Korea, as part of a five-day visit in Asia. Biden spent Saturday developing his relationship with Yoon, who assumed office little more than a week ago.

Biden who is on his first trip to Asia since assuming office, will also visit Japan. Biden’s tasks involves reassuring South Korea about the U.S. commitment to countering North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and China’s influence in the region

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