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South Korea's Moon pledges to upgrade alliance with US in call with Biden

South Korea's Moon pledges to upgrade alliance with US in call with Biden

The South Korean and United States flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, Aug 23, 2016. (Photo: Reuters/US Army/Ken Scar)

SEOUL: South Korea's President Moon Jae-in pledged on Thursday (Feb 4) to upgrade the country's alliance with the United States in a phone call with President Joe Biden, Seoul's presidential office said.

The call comes as Moon, who had offered to be a mediator between the United States and North Korea, faces the challenge of getting the stalled talks between Washington and Pyongyang back on track.

READ: South Korea urges US flexibility on sanctions to restart North Korea talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former US President Donald Trump agreed to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula at their first summit in 2018, but a second summit and subsequent working-level talks fell apart.

"We will always stand together as we work for peace on the Korean Peninsula and tackle global challenges," Moon said in a statement after his 8am call with Biden.

COMMENTARY: How will President Biden deal with the North Korea challenge?

Moon also welcomed what he described as "America's return" in the midst of mounting global challenges - the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and economic polarisation.

South Korea's unification minister in charge of inter-Korean affairs called on Wednesday for the United States to flexibly enforce sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear programmes to revive denuclearisation talks.


Source: Reuters/zl

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