Biden announces strengthening of security alliance with South Korea | USA TODAY
President Biden met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol during his trip to Asia to strengthen the alliance between two countries.
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The United States and South Korea are considering expanding military exercises in and around the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s progressing missile and nuclear program, the two countries announced Saturday.
President Joe Biden also said he could meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under certain conditions. “That would depend on whether he was sincere and whether it was serious,” Biden said at a joint news conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.
Yoon took office less than two weeks ago after a closely contested March election in which he vowed to bolster South Korea’s defenses against North Korea. Speaking through an interpreter, Yoon said combined military exercises are “key to our combined defense capability” and “we are going to step up our exercises.”
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