SEOUL, Nov. 12 (UPI) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden agreed to cooperate intently to resolve the North Korean nuclear concern throughout a cellphone name on Thursday, in line with South Korea’s presidential Blue Home.

Moon and Biden spoke for 14 minutes on Thursday morning of their first name for the reason that former vp gained final week’s election, Blue Home presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok mentioned at a press briefing.

Biden mentioned america will “proceed to firmly keep our protection dedication to South Korea and cooperate intently to resolve the North Korean nuclear concern,” Kang mentioned.

The president-elect known as South Korea “the linchpin of safety and prosperity within the Indo-Pacific area,” Kang added.

Moon provided congratulations to the president-elect and mentioned his victory was a mirrored image of Biden’s “lengthy expertise in authorities affairs, excellent management and the excessive expectations of the American folks for a transparent imaginative and prescient.”

The South Korean president famous the 70-year alliance between the 2 nations to defend their shared values of democracy and human rights and mentioned he’ll talk with Biden to work towards peace on the Korean Peninsula and the denuclearization of North Korea.

Nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been at a standstill since a summit with Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, final 12 months failed to provide an settlement.

Inter-Korean relations have additionally been strained, with North Korea slicing off all communications with the South and blowing up a shared liaison workplace in June. Earlier this week, Moon mentioned that the Biden administration will provide an “surroundings by which new alternatives and options may be discovered” to enhance the environment on the peninsula.

Moon and Biden agreed to work collectively on world challenges, together with local weather change and COVID-19 and agreed to fulfill “as quickly as attainable” after Biden’s inauguration, Kang mentioned.

Biden additionally spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by cellphone Thursday and vowed to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance. He additionally affirmed Washington’s dedication to defending the Senkaku Islands, a gaggle of uninhabited islets whose sovereignty is disputed by China, Kyodo Information reported.

Thursday’s cellphone calls by the president-elect had been the most recent in a sequence of conversations he is had with overseas leaders since his election, together with these from Canada, France, Germany, Eire and Britain.

Biden clinched victory on Saturday after profitable a sequence of battleground states to cross the 270-electoral vote threshold.

Trump, nevertheless, has not but conceded and continues to file lawsuits calling for state recounts and making baseless claims of voter fraud, regardless of widespread consensus that the election was held pretty. His administration has additionally refused to help with the transition efforts.