US President Joe Biden visited Seoul National Cemetery on Saturday to pay tribute to the war dead, ahead of a meeting with South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol.
Biden laid a wreath in front of the memorial tower, burned incense, and silently paid tribute to soldiers who died during the 1950-1953 Korean War, according to Reuters.
Biden went to South Korea’s National Cemetery, then saw the country’s newly elected president. Yoon Suk-yeol
Biden and Yoon met in Seoul on Saturday for their first diplomatic engagement since the inauguration of the South Korean president 11 days ago.
The friendly meeting between the allies is overshadowed by reports that North Korean leader Kim is ready to launch nuclear tests or other missiles.
South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, has said North Korea’s weapons program is a threat, but is ready to offer a “bold” economic plan if the North gives up nuclear weapons.
Yoon made the remarks in his inaugural address after taking the oath at a ceremony in Seoul. He won the March election as the leader of the main Conservative Party, the People’s Power Party, less than a year after entering politics after a 26-year career as a prosecutor.
“While North Korea’s nuclear weapons program poses a threat not only to our security and to Northeast Asia, the door to dialogue will remain open to resolve this threat peacefully,” Yoon said.
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