President Moon Jae-in and the presumptive U.S. President-elect Joe Biden have reaffirmed their commitment to a robust alliance and a peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula.
They had their first phone call on Thursday morning, Korea time, lasting 14 minutes.
It came four days after Biden was projected to have won the election.
"President Moon said that he hopes to communicate closely with the U.S. for the development of the Seoul-Washington alliance and for denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula."
In a statement from his transition team Biden said he wants to strengthen the alliance as the linchpin of security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
He also stressed that he looks forward to working closely with Moon in solving the North Korea nuclear issue.
Biden expressed hope that the two countries can cooperate on global issues, such as tackling COVID-19, responding to climate change and reviving the global economy.
Moon and Biden also agreed to meet at an early date once the president-elect takes office.
Meanwhile, the National Security Council convened Thursday to review the latest developments regarding the U.S. presidential election.
The members discussed ways to further develop the Seoul-Washington alliance as well as measures to achieve lasting peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
With official dialogue between Moon and Biden having started, South Korea is expected to step up communication with the incoming U.S. administration on various fronts, especially diplomacy, as it seeks to get inter-Korean affairs back on track. Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.