In April, Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol made an important overseas trip. He traveled to the United States for an official summit with U.S. President Joe Biden.
Yoon and his entourage arrived in Washington, D.C., on April 24. Then, the Korean president spent six days holding meetings with key business and political figures.
Soon after his arrival, Yoon was greeted by Biden at the White House. Then, starting on April 26, the two leaders held their official summit at the White House.
At the summit, Yoon and Biden discussed various important issues, such as strengthening economic ties and cybersecurity. They also discussed ways to respond to the continuing military threats from North Korea.
“South Korea and the United States agreed to discuss swift and decisive action in the event of North Korea’s nuclear attack,” Yoon said at the press conference after the summit.
Yoon’s visit had added significance because this is the 70th year of the bilateral alliance between the two nations.
“Our alliance is an unbreakable bond forged in bravery and the sacrifice of our people,” Biden said in a speech.
To mark the anniversary, the two presidents and their first ladies made a visit to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. There, they paid their respects to the Korean and American soldiers who died during the Korean War.
On top of the summit at the White House, Yoon’s schedule was filled with various other meetings and events. For example, he took part in a business roundtable with CEOs of major companies from both countries.
He also had dinner with key members of the Korean-American community and asked for their support.
This was the second official summit between Yoon and Biden. The first one took place in Seoul in May 2022, soon after the South Korean president took office.
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