SEOUL, Nov. 9 (UPI) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday and vowed to work together with his incoming administration to make sure there can be “no hole” within the Seoul-Washington alliance or within the peace course of on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon mentioned that the Biden administration would supply “new alternatives” to enhance inter-Korean ties, which have remained strained since Pyongyang lower off all communications with Seoul and destroyed a shared liaison workplace in June.
“Along with the following authorities of the US, our authorities will additional strengthen the [South Korea]-U.S. alliance and proceed to develop strong ties between the folks of our two nations,” Moon mentioned in public feedback throughout a gathering with senior aides on the presidential Blue Home.
“We are going to do our greatest to make sure that the dear achievements we’ve got achieved with the Trump administration to date might be handed on to the following authorities and develop additional,” he mentioned in his first spoken remarks on the U.S. election.
On Sunday, Moon posted a congratulatory message for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Twitter.
U.S. President Donald Trump was on the heart of a renewed interval of détente on the Korean Peninsula, holding two official summits with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un and assembly with him briefly for a 3rd time in June 2019 within the demilitarized zone.
“In inter-Korean relations, it’s anticipated that an surroundings by which new alternatives and options might be discovered can be created,” Moon mentioned. “We’ve cooperated nicely with President Trump on the idea of sturdy friendship and belief between the leaders, and the U.S. Democratic Celebration has the expertise of intently cooperating with the Democratic Celebration of Korea within the peace course of.”
Underneath Trump, Washington and Seoul have butted heads over commerce points and the quantity that South Korea would contribute to the prices of the roughly 28,500 U.S. troops stationed on the peninsula. The 2 sides stay at an deadlock over a brand new Particular Measures Settlement, the cost-sharing association for the troops, which expired on the finish of final yr. Washington is in search of Seoul to pay $1.three billion, a 50% improve over what South Korea paid final yr.
Moon promised to work towards better financial cooperation with the incoming administration by bilateral commerce insurance policies and to coordinate efforts in combating the coronavirus pandemic. He added that the Biden administration’s environmental coverage targets intently align together with his personal authorities’s.
“Specifically, the carbon neutrality and local weather change response insurance policies emphasised by President-elect Biden are according to the Korean authorities’s carbon-neutral targets and Inexperienced New Deal insurance policies, so there may be nice room for cooperation,” Moon mentioned.
The USA formally left the Paris Local weather Settlement final week, however Biden has mentioned he’ll rejoin the landmark pact to scale back world warming instantly upon taking workplace.
South Korea’s Protection Ministry additionally promised to proceed to intently work along with the Pentagon beneath the Biden administration on Monday.
“The South Korean and the U.S. protection authorities will try for sustaining a powerful mixed protection posture to militarily help the peace course of on the Korean Peninsula,” ministry spokesperson Col. Moon Hong-sik informed reporters, in response to Yonhap.
South Korean International Minister Kang Kyung-wha arrived in Washington on Sunday forward of talks scheduled for Monday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on strengthening the alliance and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
It’s unclear whether or not she’s going to sit down with figures from the Biden camp, though Kang informed reporters she would attempt to meet members of Congress and academia on the journey, which lasts till Wednesday.
North Korea has not launched any statements to date relating to the U.S. election.