Before President Joe Biden left South Korea for Japan on Sunday, he offered a brief message to Kim Jong Un, whose nuclear attack risked overshadowing the US leader’s first trip to Asia: “Hello. Period.”
When asked by reporters if he had anything to say to the North Korean leader, he offered a brief greeting, highlighting his administration’s openness to talks with Pyongyang and even seeking to increase joint military exercises with South Korea.
Biden said he was “not worried” about the risk of a new weapons test while in the region – which US officials have repeatedly warned – saying “we are ready for anything North Korea does.”
He spent two days with South Korean President-elect Eun Sook-eol, the pair said on Saturday that they were looking at expanding the “scope and scale” of joint military exercises “considering the evolving threat” from Pyongyang.
North Korea has conducted an explosion of prohibited weapons tests this year, including launching an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time since 2017, with satellite images indicating that a nuclear test is imminent.
Because of Kovid and Biden and UN predecessors Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in, joint exercises with North Korea were postponed to embark on a journey into high-profile but ultimately failed diplomacy.
Unlike Dovish Moon, Eun said he and Biden discussed possible “joint exercises to prepare for a nuclear attack” and called for more strategic US resources to be deployed in the region.
The formation of any force or the expansion of joint military exercises will probably infuriate Pyongyang, which sees the exercise as an exercise of aggression.
North Korea’s weapons test schedule could also be affected by the Kovid-19 outbreak.
There have been more than 2.6 million cases of “fever” since the Omicron coronavirus variant was first identified in April, state media reported on Sunday.
Biden and Yoon have extended an offer of aid to North Korea, which has an immunized population and a fragile healthcare system, saying in a statement that it was “willing to work with the international community to provide assistance.”
Biden added that he would not miss a meeting with Kim if the North Korean leader was “sincere”.
“We have offered the vaccine not only to North Korea, but also to China, and we are ready to do it immediately,” Biden told a news conference with UN. “We got no response.”
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Earlier on Sunday, Biden met with the chairman of Hyundai to celebrate the decision by South Korean auto giant to invest $ 5.5 billion in an electric car plant in the South American state of Georgia.
He met with U.S. and South Korean troops, as well as the United Nations, a schedule that a senior White House official said was capable of “reflecting the truly integrated nature” of the countries’ economic and military alliances.
Biden used his visit to call for deepening allied relations, saying in a press conference with the UN that Asia was a key battleground for global “competition between democracy and dictatorship.”
“We’ve talked at length about the need to make it bigger than just the United States, Japan and Korea, the whole Pacific and the South Pacific and the Indo-Pacific. I think it’s an opportunity,” Biden said.
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