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Biden heads to Japan after warning on North Korea risk 

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (centre L) and US President Joe Biden arrive for a state dinner at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul on May 21, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (centre L) and US President Joe Biden arrive for a state dinner on the Nationwide Museum of Korea in Seoul on Might 21, 2022. (AFP)

SEOUL,  South Korea – President Joe Biden flies Sunday to Japan for the second leg of a visit supposed to strengthen US management throughout Asia within the face of a rising China and dangerously unpredictable, nuclear-armed North Korea.

Biden is leaving South Korea, the place he joined newly elected President Yoon Suk-yeol for a collection of conferences, together with discussing expanded army workouts to counter Kim Jong Un’s sabre rattling.

As officers from each international locations warned that Kim might increase tensions with a nuclear weapon take a look at whereas Biden is within the area, the US president stated the democratic allies should deepen ties.

At a joint press convention with Yoon, Biden cited a worldwide “competitors between democracies and autocracies” and stated the Asia-Pacific area is a key battleground.

“We talked in some size concerning the want for us to make this bigger than simply the US, Japan, and Korea, however all the Pacific and the South Pacific and Indo-Pacific. I believe this is a chance,” Biden stated.

Whereas China is the primary US rival in that battle, Biden illustrated the acute problem from Russia when he signed a $40 billion support invoice late Saturday to assist Ukraine struggle the invasion by Moscow’s forces.

The invoice, handed earlier by Congress, was flown to Seoul in order that Biden might make it regulation with out having to attend for his return to Washington late subsequent Tuesday.

Earlier than leaving South Korea, Biden was assembly with the chairman of Hyundai to have fun a choice by the auto large to speculate $5.5 billion in an electrical automobile plant within the southern US state of Georgia.

He was additionally assembly with US and South Korean troops along with Yoon, a schedule {that a} senior White Home official stated was capable of “mirror the actually built-in nature” of the international locations’ financial and army alliance.

In Japan, Biden will meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Emperor Naruhito on Monday forward of Tuesday’s Quad summit, bringing collectively the leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the US.

Additionally on Monday, Biden will unveil a significant new US initiative for regional commerce, the Indo-Pacific Financial Framework for Prosperity.

North Korea risk

Biden and Yoon stated in a press release Saturday that “contemplating the evolving risk” from North Korea, they “conform to provoke discussions to broaden the scope and scale of mixed army workouts and coaching on and across the Korean peninsula”.

The attainable beefing up of joint US-South Korean army workouts is available in response to North Korea’s blitz of sanctions-busting weapons assessments this yr, as fears develop one other missile launch could also be imminent.

Elected on a strongly pro-US message, Yoon stated he and Biden “mentioned whether or not we’d have to provide you with numerous kinds of joint drills to organize for a nuclear assault”.

He additionally specified the necessity for “fighter jets and missiles in a departure from the previous after we solely thought concerning the nuclear umbrella for deterrence”.

Any build-up of forces or growth of US-South Korea joint army workouts would probably enrage Pyongyang, which views the joint drills as rehearsals for invasion.

In the meantime, Biden and Yoon prolonged a proposal of assist to Pyongyang, which has lately introduced it’s within the midst of a Covid-19 outbreak — a uncommon admission of inner troubles.

The US-South Korea assertion stated the 2 presidents “categorical concern over the latest Covid-19 outbreak” and “are prepared to work with the worldwide group to supply help” to North Korea to assist struggle the virus.

On Sunday, North Korean state media stated 2.6 million folks had been sick with “fever” with 67 deaths — which they claimed was a fatality price of simply 0.003 %, regardless of an unvaccinated inhabitants the place malnutrition is widespread.

Biden, whereas including that he wouldn’t exclude a gathering with Kim if he have been “honest”, indicated the issue of coping with the unpredictable dictator.

“We’ve supplied vaccines, not solely to North Korea however to China as effectively and we’re ready to try this instantly,” Biden stated at a press convention with Yoon. “We’ve acquired no response.”


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