Washington, 9 Nov 2023 (TDI): The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks on a two-day visit to the Republic of Korea on the emerging defense bond between Russia and South Korea.
Furthermore, he maintained the role of mediator between the Israel-Hamas war in the context of humanitarian pauses for the civilians in Gaza.
Additionally, Blinken arrived in Seoul to sustain long-term counter-strategies in the Indo-Pacific region. He also urged the Republic of Korea to develop a way of humanitarian pause for Gaza after a month of bombardment and increasing ground invasion by Israeli Defense Forces.
Matthew Miller, a spokesperson of the US State Department said, “it is important to maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”
Blinken is now an Asia trip that will include a stop in India. Before Japan he was in the Middle East; where he met foreign ministers of Muslim countries regarding the situation in Gaza and the West Bank.
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Furthermore, the Indo-Pacific region remained a center of gravity for the US foreign policy. Blinken briefed a press talk on Wednesday in Tokyo, saying the US was capable of “running and chewing gum at the same time.”
As North Korea’s “provocative actions” in the peninsula condemned by Secretary Blinken; he spoke to South Korea’s national security advisor, Cho Tae-yong. In addition to this, North Korea is able to provide munitions and other supplies to Russia, the US State Department said.
Blinken’s visit precedes a weekend trip by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and an upcoming annual meeting with South Korea’s defense minister on Monday. During these discussions, they are anticipated to explore enhancements to the extended deterrence strategy.
This strategy involves utilizing U.S. strategic military assets, including nuclear forces, to safeguard allies against potential attacks.
North Korea has openly acknowledged its pursuit of nuclear weapons and corresponding missile capabilities, asserting the need for defense against what it perceives as a hostile stance from the U.S. and South Korea.