On May 22, the US president will visit Japan, where he will meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida before attending a meeting of the Quad security group with their Australian and Indian counterparts.
Biden’s trip to Asia comes as Washington seeks to strengthen unity and commitment among allies in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s expanding economic and security clout in the area.
North Korea is anticipated to be a hot subject of conversation in both Seoul and Tokyo, as Pyongyang is laying out a broad new nuclear weapons strategy.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to punish anybody who threatens the North’s “fundamental interests” with nuclear weapons.
Last month, North Korea restarted long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) testing for the first time since 2017, and Seoul and Washington experts believe it is preparing for fresh nuclear tests.
Yoon and Biden will undertake in-depth talks on a variety of topics, including strengthening the US-South Korean alliance, “policy cooperation on North Korea, economic security, and important regional and international matters,” according to Yoon’s spokeswoman Bae Hyun-jin.
Yoon promised to strengthen South Korea’s defense capacity to resist North Korean threats during his election campaign.
Biden and Kishida will explore ways to strengthen their connections in Tokyo to promote peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force and a significant shock to the world order, and… it’s critical to enhance the US-Japan alliance and verify the links that will allow us to work toward a free and open Indo-Pacific.”