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South Korea's Moon moves US alliance up on agenda, with eyes north

Seoul seeks chance to break North Korea impasse with help from Biden

Directional signs bearing North Korean and U.S. flags are seen near the demilitarized zone in Paju, South Korea.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Hours after U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration, South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a clear statement of Seoul's diplomatic priorities at a meeting of the country's National Security Council.

Moon's remarks mentioned the U.S., China, Japan and Russia in that order, signaling that Washington is at the top of the list. The U.S. alliance will be developed into a "more comprehensive, mutually beneficial and responsible partnership," he said.

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