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President Moon to have summit with Biden in Washington next month Updated: 2021-04-16 10:02:53 KST

President Moon Jae-in will hold his first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington in late May.
South Korea's top office said in a statement early on Friday that the two sides are working to finalize the date and agenda of the talks which comes on Biden's invitation.
The two leaders had previously talked on the phone in February and reaffirmed the need to meet in person once the COVID-19 situation eases.

The Blue House says it is looking forward to in-depth discussions on ways to continue to develop the ironclad Seoul-Washington alliance as well as measures to achieve complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. has been holding a comprehensive review of its North Korea policy so it's expected that Biden could share his views on the new strategy.
It's also likely that the talks will include ways to bring Pyeongyang back to the negotiating table.

President Moon is seeking to get his peace drive going again given that he has just over a year left in office to make any progress.
Denuclearization talks have stalled since the North Korea and the U.S. summit in Hanoi in 2019.

Moon and Biden are also expected to discuss ways to improve South Korea-Japan relations.. and cooperation against COVID-19 and climate change .
There's speculation that Biden could ask South Korea to participate in the so-called Quad. which currently involves the U.S., Japan, Australia and India to counter China's rising influence.

The White House says that President Biden is looking forward to welcoming President Moon in the second half of May.
Moon's trip follows the recent two-plus-two talks in South Korea and the National Security Advisor’s trilateral meeting in the U.S.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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