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As Biden takes office, South Korea pushes for peace with North

Frank Smith

Press TV, Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has constantly promoted peace with North Korea despite shifts and starts in US policy under Donald Trump. With just more than a year now left in his term, the South Korean leader plans to redouble his efforts to engage North Korea and the US.

New US President Joe Biden plans a complete review of US foreign policy, but that doesn’t mean the immediate elimination of sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, as his nominee for top diplomat points out.

North Korea early this year showed off its latest weaponry, vowing to maintain its nuclear deterrent in the face of a hostile US policy.

North Korea has not conducted a long-range missile test or a nuclear test since late 2017 under an agreement between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and then US President Donald Trump. With President Joe Biden now in the White House, North Korea is going to be looking for relief from US-led sanctions.

Many have called for North Korea to exercise patience as President Biden assembles his foreign policy team. The US and South Korea have in recent years suspended large scale drills in hopes of creating a mood for talks with North Korea.

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