Yoon, Biden wrap up three-day summit at Osan Air Base, symbol of Seoul-Washington alliance
Updated: 2022-05-23 09:24:50 KST
A seven-decades long security alliance that's getting stronger by the day.
That's the message the Commanders-in-Chief of South Korea and the U.S. highlighted as President Biden wrapped up his three-day trip to South Korea during which officials from both sides had braced for North Korea to thrust itself into the conversation with a nuclear or missile test.
Marking their last engagement together in the Northeast Asian country this time, the two Commanders-in-Chief took the Combat Operations Floor at Korean Air and Space Operations Center, the control center of South Korea's "three-axis" system.
"This is the key place where South Korea and the U.S. jointly respond to the North Korean nuclear and missiles threats that are growing day by day, and the place that symbolizes the Korea-U.S. alliance. The fact that President Biden and I came to see you today represents this strong South Korea-U.S. security alliance."
The "three-axis" system is a three-pronged system consisting of the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation, an operational plan to incapacitate the North Korean leadership in a major conflict, the Kill Chain preemptive strike platform and the Korea Air and Missile Defense system.
President Biden reaffirmed America's commitment to the defense of South Korea and their combined defense posture.
"Now seven decades later, thanks to you, Republic of Korea, the strong, thriving and innovating democracy and our alliance grow stronger every single day because of you all. And by the way, we go together."
The two leaders bade farewell to each other with their thumbs up before parting ways: President Yoon to meet South Korean troops at the Master Control and Reporting Center and President Biden to greet with U.S. service members and families at Osan Air Base before taking off for Japan.
The two presidents met every day during Mr. Biden's three-day stay in Korea where they tended to both business and security interests.
"South Korea's top office says Presidents Yoon and Biden's first engagement in Seoul this time served as an opportunity for the two leaders to share profound ideas on freedom and liberal democracy which will not only help further strengthen the alliance, but the personal bond between the two men.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News."