Biden accepts resignation of top US border official

US President Joe Biden stressed, on Sunday, that his country, Japan and South Korea are “more aligned than ever” against North Korea, and denounced its continued “provocative behaviour”.

In a statement from Cambodia, after a tripartite meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Sok-yeol, Biden described the two countries as “important allies” who share with the United States the same concerns about North Korea’s missile tests.

Yun said North Korea’s recent provocations showed the “antihuman nature” of its regime, while Kishida described North Korea’s actions as “unprecedented” and indicated that Pyongyang was expected to make more provocations.

Kishida said in a speech at the start of the tripartite meeting, “This tripartite summit came at its right time, given that we expect more provocations.”

“I look forward to enhanced coordination between the United States, South Korea and Japan to respond firmly” to North Korea’s actions, he added.

Biden said he also discussed with them strengthening coordinated support for Ukraine in the war with Russia, maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and working for “common goals to ensure that the Indo-Pacific region is free and open.”

Biden met the leaders of Japan and South Korea to coordinate their response to the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as to obtain input on managing China’s assertive position in the Pacific region, on the eve of an upcoming face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the Associated Press. .

Biden has said he plans to pressure Xi to use China’s unique influence on North Korea to curb its aggressive behavior, as part of what is expected to be a bilateral meeting to discuss wide-ranging issues on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

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