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Biden reasserts ‘unshakeable’ US backing for Japan, South Korea

President Joe Biden (centre) meets with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) and South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol (left) during the NATO summit in Madrid, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP)
President Joe Biden (centre) meets with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) and South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol (left) during the NATO summit in Madrid, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP)
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30 Jun 2022 12:06:51 GMT9
30 Jun 2022 12:06:51 GMT9

MADRID: 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 KISHIDA Fumio 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.

AFP

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