South Korea's Moon talks up US alliance

Sangmi Cha
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President Moon Jae-in says South Korea will ensure there is no gap in the alliance with the United States and the process of building peace on the Korean peninsula, as he congratulated Joe Biden on his US presidential election win.

South Korea found outgoing US President Donald Trump a willing partner in efforts to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

However, the relationship was strained by disagreements over exactly how to engage with Pyongyang, trade and Trump's demand that Seoul pay billions of dollars more to support the US troop presence on the peninsula.

"We will gather forces as an alliance on the shared values of democracy, peace, human rights, international solidarity and multilateral cooperation," Moon told his top aides, the presidential Blue House said in a statement regarding the incoming Biden administration.

The South Korean government will work to promote economic relations through bilateral trade and policies and cooperate towards carbon neutrality and tackle climate change, said Moon.

He also vowed to make progress on denuclearisation on the peninsula with the next administration, while seeking new opportunities and solutions to improve inter-Korean ties.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said it was too soon to predict how the new US administration would handle specific issues, but she didn't expect Biden to return to former US President Barack Obama's policy of strategic patience toward North Korea.

"It should be made based on various progress and achievements made the past three years."