Biden Invites South Korea’s President to White House in May
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has urged President Biden to kick-start negotiations with North Korea, calling denuclearization a “matter of survival” for South Korea.
Biden will meet with South Korea’s president on May 21.
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea walking to an interview at the Blue House, his official residence, in Seoul this month.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
By Madeleine Ngo
April 29, 2021
President Biden will meet with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea in Washington on May 21, the White House announced on Thursday.
“President Moon’s visit will highlight the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the broad and deep ties between our governments, people, and economies,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “President Biden looks forward to working with President Moon to further strengthen our alliance and expand our close cooperation.”
In an interview with The New York Times published last week, Mr. Moon urged Mr. Biden to sit down with North Korea and kick-start negotiations, calling denuclearization a “matter of survival” for South Korea.
Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump, left office without removing a single North Korean nuclear warhead. Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has resumed weapons tests.
“He beat around the bush and failed to pull it through,” Mr. Moon said of Mr. Trump’s efforts on North Korea. “The most important starting point for both governments is to have the will for dialogue and to sit down face to face at an early date.”
He also called for the United States to cooperate with China on North Korea and other global issues, like climate change. Deteriorating relations between the two countries could threaten negotiations over denuclearization, he warned.
Mr. Biden met with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan at the White House on April 16, marking the first in-person visit of a foreign leader during his presidency.