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U.S. Congress to invite South Korea's Yoon for address with eye on China

Key lawmaker calls for more joint exercises to handle North Korea's provocations

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol would be the first leader from the country to address Congress in 10 years.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers are arranging to have South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol speak before Congress, sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei, in hopes of promoting a stronger alliance to deal with North Korea and China.

U.S President Joe Biden is set to host Yoon for a state visit and formal state dinner April 26 -- the first for a South Korean leader in 12 years -- to showcase their close ties 70 years on from the signing of their mutual defense treaty.

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