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Biden, Singapore's Lee urge North Korea's return to nuclear talks

At White House summit, president reaffirms U.S. commitment to Indo-Pacific

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, greets U.S. President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Joe Biden and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, after talks at the White House, urged North Korea on Tuesday to halt its ballistic missile launches and return to negotiations over its weapons programs.

Speaking to reporters, the two leaders condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and stressed the importance of stability in the Indo-Pacific region and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea amid concerns about China exerting its influence there.

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