Biden reasserts 'unshakeable' US backing for Japan, South Korea

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 30 2022 02:28 AM

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (left), US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend a trilateral meeting on the first day of the NATO summit at IFEMA congress center in Madrid, Spain, 29 June 2022. Heads of State and Government of NATO's member countries and key partners are gathering in Madrid from 29 to 30 June to discuss security concerns like Russia's invasion of Ukraine and other challenges. Yonhap South Korea Out, EPA-EFE
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (left), US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend a trilateral meeting on the first day of the NATO summit at IFEMA congress center in Madrid, Spain, 29 June 2022. Heads of State and Government of NATO's member countries and key partners are gathering in Madrid from 29 to 30 June to discuss security concerns like Russia's invasion of Ukraine and other challenges. Yonhap South Korea Out, EPA-EFE

President Joe Biden reasserted the United States' "unshakeable" pledge to defend Japan and South Korea on Wednesday after meeting the leaders of both allies on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid.

Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol focused during their meeting on threats from North Korea, the White House said.

"President Biden underscored the United States' unshakable commitment to the defence of both Japan and the Republic of Korea," the White House said in a statement.

They discussed "enhancing" cooperation and condemned North Korea's development of "unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs."

For both Asian leaders, it was the first time their countries have been represented at a NATO summit, with the transatlantic alliance increasingly eying threats from China.

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