South Korea's Moon congratulates Biden, to ensure no gap in US alliance

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the stage at the Chase Centre to address the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take the stage at the Chase Centre to address the nation November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images
  • President Moon Jae-in said South Korea will ensure there is no gap in the alliance with the US the process of building peace on the Korean peninsula.
  • He also vowed to make progress on denuclearisation on the peninsula with the next administration.
  • The South Korean government will work to promote economic relations through bilateral trade and policies and cooperate towards carbon neutrality and tackle climate change, said Moon.


President Moon Jae-in said on Monday South Korea will ensure there is no gap in the alliance with the United States and the process of building peace on the Korean peninsula, as he congratulated Joe Biden on his US presidential election win.

South Korea found outgoing US President Donald Trump a willing partner in efforts to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. However, the relationship was strained by disagreements over exactly how to engage with Pyongyang, trade and Trump's demand that Seoul pay billions of dollars more to support the US troop presence on the peninsula.

"We will gather forces as an alliance on the shared values of democracy, peace, human rights, international solidarity and multilateral cooperation," Moon told his top aides, the presidential Blue House said in a statement regarding the incoming Biden administration.

The South Korean government will work to promote economic relations through bilateral trade and policies and cooperate towards carbon neutrality and tackle climate change, said Moon.

He also vowed to make progress on denuclearisation on the peninsula with the next administration, while seeking new opportunities and solutions to improve inter-Korean ties.

South Korea's ruling party floor leader Kim Tae-nyeon on Monday separately called for an arrangement of an early summit between Moon and Biden once he is inaugurated.

On Sunday, South Korea’s foreign minister arrived in Washington for talks with her American counterpart, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who cancelled his planned visit to Seoul last month after Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Kang Kyung-wha said it was too soon to predict how the new US administration would handle specific issues, but she didn’t expect Biden to return to former US President Barack Obama’s policy of strategic patience toward North Korea.

"It should be made based on various progress and achievements made the past three years."

Yonhap said Kang would meet Biden's foreign affairs and security members and discuss cooperation during her unusually long visit to the United States, without elaborating.

Her agenda includes sitting with Pompeo on Monday to discuss solidifying the alliance between the two countries and the issues at stake on the Korean peninsula. She had said she would also meet with senators and scholars.

Do you want to know more about this topic? Sign up for one of News24's 33 newsletters to receive the information you want in your inbox. Special newsletters are available to subscribers.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When assisting your child with remote learning this year, did you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Follow the school's comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) curriculum?
13% - 267 votes
Adjust the CSE curriculum to suit the family's morals?
24% - 477 votes
Ignore the schools CSE programme and do your own teaching?
63% - 1283 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.24
(+1.23)
ZAR/GBP
20.47
(+0.55)
ZAR/EUR
18.37
(+0.30)
ZAR/AUD
11.22
(+1.13)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(+1.26)
Gold
1815.27
(+2.07)
Silver
23.96
(+5.89)
Platinum
999.00
(+3.51)
Brent Crude
47.66
(-0.77)
Palladium
2409.00
(+2.60)
All Share
57509.72
(+0.73)
Top 40
52764.09
(+0.74)
Financial 15
11238.33
(+0.71)
Industrial 25
79067.55
(+0.13)
Resource 10
53562.00
(+1.63)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo