South Korea urging Biden to prioritize denuclearization talks with North

South Korea urging Biden to prioritize denuclearization talks with North
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South Korea is urging President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE to prioritize denuclearization talks with North Korea. 

South Korea’s foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, met with some of Biden’s allies in Washington after arriving to meet with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNikki Haley says if Trump runs for president in 2024 then she won't Blinken: China 'didn't do what it needed to do' in early stages of pandemic Biden loves the Georgia boycott — So why won't he boycott the Beijing Olympic games? MORE, Reuters reported, adding that she urged the Biden administration to pay “summit-level” attention to the issue. 

“I highlighted the need to reinforce diplomatic efforts to achieve the goal of completely denuclearizing the Korean peninsula given the urgency of the North Korean nuclear issue,” she said, according to Reuters.


“I put a particular emphasis on the importance of a swift restart of U.S.-North Korea dialogue ... as an issue that requires a priority, summit-level interests," she added.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE held two summits with North Korea’s Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOn North Korea, Biden should borrow from Trump's Singapore declaration North Korea drops out of Tokyo Olympics Biden should look to 'Ostpolitik' to negotiate with autocrats MORE, and also met with Kim at the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea. 

Their first summit ended with a declaration that the nations would work toward denuclearization. The second concluded without a concrete deal, and efforts to revive talks have faltered since then.

North Korea resumed missile testing and has continued improving its missile and nuclear arsenals. Earlier in October, it unveiled a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile at a military parade.

Biden said in October during the third presidential debate that he would meet with Kim under the condition that “he would be drawing down his nuclear capacity.”