South Korea is urging President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations 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 PompeoNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book 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 TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE held two summits with North Korea’s Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea bans leather coats after Kim starts new fashion trend Belarus and Russia must resolve the migrant crisis on their own North Korea's Kim makes first public appearance in month 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.”