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Biden will reaffirm U.S. commitment to defense of Seoul, Tokyo during Asia visit: Psaki Updated: 2022-05-06 17:03:23 KST

U.S. President Joe Biden will reaffirm Washington’s commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan during a visit to the two countries later this month.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a briefing on Thursday that U.S. commitments, including on extended deterrence, remain ironclad.
Biden will sit down for talks with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss their common challenges and tasks, among them strengthening security alliances and coping with the pandemic.
Pointing out Pyeongyang's continuous activities have caused instability in the region, Psaki added North Korea issues will also be on the agenda.
In fact, U.S. defense chief Lloyd Austin reaffirmed U.S. commitment to defending Seoul, using the "full range of U.S. military capabilities," including extended deterrence.
During Austin's phone call with South Korea's defense minister Suh Wook on Thursday, the two sides reviewed the North's recent flurry of military activity and vowed to closely cooperate to enhance their combined defense posture.
Also on Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Philip Goldberg as the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea.
He is expected to be officially appointed by President Joe Biden soon and kick off his career in Seoul with Biden's upcoming visit to South Korea.
Goldberg, a career ambassador, is currently serving as ambassador to Columbia and also served as coordinator for implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea during the Obama administration.
Welcoming the nomination, an official from South Korea's foreign ministry said Friday that Seoul will actively provide support so that the new ambassador can contribute to strengthening the South Korea-U.S. alliance.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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