By Rebecca Shabad - 12/06/13 07:38 AM EST
Vice President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to “rebalance” the Pacific Basin in Asia during his trip to South Korea on Friday.
“I want to make one thing absolutely clear: President Obama's decision to rebalance the Pacific basin is not in question,” Biden said as he arrived at President Park Geun-hye’s home, according to the White House pool report.
For those who play down the Obama administration’s shift to foreign policy in Asia, Biden said it’s "never been a good bet to bet against America. … America will continue to place its bet on South Korea."
“We actually have a chance — a chance to bend history just slightly,” Biden said. “That's why our administration adopted a policy of what we call "rebalancing" to the region.
"Rebalancing economically, diplomatically, and, yes, militarily. … We're determined to strengthen our alliances, cultivate new partners in the Pacific Basin, build constructive relations with China, pursue major agreements that further integrate our economies,” he said.
One issue that unites both the U.S. and South Korea, Biden added, is “the clear and present danger posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.”
“We are prepared to go back to six-party talks when North Korea demonstrates its full commitment to complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.”