The two leaders of the U.S. and Japan have reaffirmed their alliance and showed a united front on China and North Korea.
After his first face-to-face bilateral White House summit since taking office, U.S. President Joe Biden stressed on Friday the two allies would cooperate to ensure the future of the Indo-Pacific region.
"We are committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea, as well as North Korea, to ensure a future of a free and open Indo-Pacific."
A joint statement issued after the summit also reiterated their objections to Beijing's activities in the South China Sea, and highlighted the importance of "peace and stability" across the Taiwan Strait.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga restated U.S. and Japan's commitment to pursuing North Korea's complete denuclearization, and highlighted the importance of trilateral cooperation between South Korea, the U.S., and Japan.
"On North Korea, we confirmed our commitment to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges and agreed to demand North Korea to fulfill its obligations under security council resolutions."
In a virtual seminar after the summit, the Japanese Prime Minister also said he is prepared to meet the regime's leader Kim Jong-un unconditionally, to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago.
Biden and Suga also discussed various other issues including 5G technology, the global chip shortage, and violence directed at Asian people in the U.S.
The two also vowed to take aggressive actions to tackle climate change, and agreed on the need to cooperate to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suga also reiterated his determination to host the Summer Olympics in Japan, and said Biden offered his support.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.