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Biden and Yoon discuss bombers, missiles and bigger deterrence

New South Korean leader vows to play active role toward rules-based Indo-Pacific

U.S. President Joe Biden and his South Korean counterpart, Yoon Suk-yeol, hold a joint news conference in Seoul on May 21.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. agreed to align their strategies for the Indo-Pacific in their first summit on Saturday, with the new conservative administration in Seoul willing to play a bigger political and economic role in the region.

U.S. President Joe Biden's meeting with President Yoon Suk-yeol comes just 11 days after the latter's inauguration. "I'm honored to be able to meet you so early in your tenure," Biden said at a joint news conference. "The alliance has never been stronger, more vibrant, or -- I might add -- more vital."

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