President Joseph R. Biden Jr. met on Sunday with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Yoon Suk-yeol in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the two leaders condemned the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) “destabilizing and threatening actions in recent weeks, including military operations near the border area.”
They also condemned the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, and discussed their joint efforts to limit the DPRK’s ability to fund and advance “its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs,” the White House said in a readout.
It added that during the meeting, “President Biden reaffirmed the U.S. extended deterrence commitment to the ROK using the full range of U.S. defense capabilities, including nuclear, conventional, and missile defense capabilities and emphasized the U.S. commitment to identify additional steps to further reinforce deterrence in the face of DPRK nuclear threats.”
President Biden and President Yoon also discussed U.S. and ROK efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for “its unprovoked and brutal war against its neighbor.”
“President Biden welcomed President Yoon’s announcement of the ROK’s new Indo-Pacific Strategy and the two leaders discussed the importance of strengthening cooperation throughout the region, including with ASEAN partners and Pacific Island nations,” the White House said, adding that Biden “laid out the ambitious U.S. agenda to combat the climate crisis through historic investments in green technology facilitated by the Inflation Reduction Act and the two discussed the important role US and ROK companies will play to meet our shared climate goals.”