Washington DC, 1 May 2023 (TDI): President of the United States (US), Joe Biden, and President of South Korea, officially known as the Republic of Korea (ROK), Yoon Suk Yeol met today to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the US-ROK Alliance.

This second State Visit of the Biden-Harris Administration commemorated the enduring partnership between the two countries, which has been built on deep and unwavering security cooperation.

During the meeting, both Presidents signed the Washington Declaration, reaffirming their commitment to developing ever-stronger mutual defense and deterrence. The alliance will focus on achieving a secure and brighter future for the American and Korean people.

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The US and the ROK are committed to increasing comprehensive global cooperation, deepening robust regional engagement, and broadening ironclad bilateral ties during the next 70 years of the Alliance.

The alliance is guided by a shared commitment to defend universal human rights, freedom, and the rule of law. The US and the ROK are constructing an alliance that will provide future generations with a firm foundation upon which to build prosperity and security.

This commitment was evident in the many areas of cooperation that were discussed, including climate change, pandemic response, economic development, and regional security.

The Presidents’ meeting today marks a new chapter in the enduring friendship between the US and the ROK.

As both countries face the 21st century’s most difficult challenges head-on, the alliance will play a critical role in advancing their shared goals of peace, security, and prosperity.

Global comprehensive strategic alliance

The Presidents of the US and South Korea have affirmed their commitment to promoting democracy, economic prosperity, security, and technological innovation globally.

They expressed deep concerns over Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and supported Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Both countries call for diplomacy with North Korea and are committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Both Presidents also expressed their concern about the growing impact of climate change and biodiversity loss and agreed to significantly enhance the clean electricity share.

They committed to promoting the responsible development and deployment of civil nuclear energy globally and strengthening collaboration on digital content and cloud computing.

Expanding cooperation throughout Indo-Pacific

The US and South Korea reaffirmed their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region and agreed to strengthen cooperation across the area. They expressed concerns about the harmful use of economic influence and vowed to counter it through partnerships.

Both countries are committed to building regional partnerships and detecting potential supply chain disruptions to enhance resiliency.

They will also provide technical assistance and capacity building to support high-standard outcomes in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

The two leaders emphasized the importance of US-South Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation and discussed plans to restore maritime interdiction and anti-piracy exercises.

They also committed to increasing cooperation with Southeast Asia and Pacific Island Countries to promote resilient health systems, sustainable development, climate resilience and adaptation, energy security, and digital connectivity.

Strengthening ironclad bilateral collaboration

The US and South Korea have committed to deepening their economic and technological cooperation. They will address trade concerns, build clean energy economies, and strengthen supply chains for critical technologies.

They will also establish a dialogue to enhance cooperation on emerging technologies, such as AI and quantum, and collaborate on space exploration.

The two countries will promote people-to-people ties and educational cooperation with a new $60 million educational exchange initiative.

The US and South Korea will also work together to enhance cybersecurity and deter cyber threats from North Korea. The alliance will continue to broaden and deepen, with a bright future ahead.