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Biden Says ‘Ironclad’ US–South Korea Alliance Founded on Shared Beliefs

United States and South Korea Reaffirm “Ironclad Alliance”

The United States and South Korea have maintained an “ironclad alliance” for more than seven decades because of their shared beliefs in democracy and freedom, U.S. President Joe Biden said on April 30.

His remarks came after South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s six-day visit to the United States that ended on April 29. The two leaders met on April 26 and signed the Washington Declaration to reaffirm their countries’ 70-year treaty.

Biden shared a video from his meeting with Yoon on Twitter, describing the event as a celebration of their shared vision and the “deep friendship that unites the Republic of Korea and the United States.”

“The United States and Republic of Korea alliance wasn’t born out of shared borders, but shared beliefs: democracy, liberty, security and above all—freedom,” he said, using South Korea’s official name, the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Biden echoed Yoon’s address to the U.S. Congress, in which the South Korean leader praised U.S.–South Korea ties as a global alliance that strives to “safeguard freedom and peace around the world.”

North Korea Threatens Military Deterrence

However, North Korea’s Kim regime has condemned the Washington Declaration as the “product of heinous hostile policy” against it and vowed to bolster its military deterrence, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on May 1.

“Anyone can know well that they are making a nuclear war against the DPRK a fait accompli,” the KCNA stated in a commentary piece, using socialist North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The KCNA criticized Biden for his “reckless remarks” that threatened the end of North Korea’s regime, saying that it revealed the United States’ “inveterate hostility towards the DPRK that has reached its marrow.”

It claimed that the U.S.–South Korea accord to strengthen extended deterrence and trilateral cooperation with Japan is equivalent to “a dangerous nuclear war plot putting up the signboard of security.”

“Under such situation, it is quite natural for the DPRK to bolster up its military deterrence corresponding to the grave security environment of the present and th

70-Year Treaty Reaffirmed

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (L) and U.S. President Joe Biden during a press briefing at the White House on April 26, 2023. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

The Washington Declaration outlines a set of U.S. extended deterrence measures, which will involve deploying U.S. strategic assets—nuclear forces—on the Korean Peninsula.

In the declaration, South Korea expressed “full confidence” in U.S. extended deterrence commitments, and Washington pledged to make “every effort” to consult with South Korea on “any possible nuclear weapons employment” in the region.

Biden said at a joint press conference on April 26 that the United States will deploy nuclear-capable systems to the Korean Peninsula and warned that any nuclear attack by North Korea “will result in the end” of that regime.

“But even as we walked in unison for freedom for 70 years, there is one regime determined to pursue the wrong path. That is North Korea,” Yoon said. “North Korea has abandoned freedom and prosperity and dismissed peace.”

North Korea is a single-party state under leader Kim Jong Un. The Kim regime is one of the most repressive in the world and is responsible for ongoing human rights atrocities, including arbitrary killings and torture, forced sterilizations and abortions, forced labor, and denying judicial independence. The country operates with a centrally planned economy and systematically denies basic liberties, including freedom of expression, public assembly, association, property ownership, and religion.



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