Meeting between Biden and Yoon amid concerns over North Korea

ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to receive a warm welcome from South Korea’s leader on his maiden trip to Asia, but he risks a less friendly reception by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Joe Biden is due to land in South Korea on Friday evening, where he will meet new President Yoon Suk-yeol in person for the first time. The two men will visit a Samsung Electronics factory together on Friday, before taking part in various events on Saturday.

“I think (Joe) Biden’s visit will be an opportunity to strengthen the alliance between South Korea and the United States and make it more inclusive, because a lot of changes are happening in the international community.” , Yoon Suk-yeol said on Friday.

The two leaders are expected to discuss North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has resumed intercontinental ballistic missile testing and appears set to conduct a nuclear test, possibly during Joe Biden’s visit to the region.

U.S. cooperation with South Korea and Japan “will only grow stronger in the face of further provocations” from North Korea, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said .

“We are prepared for all eventualities,” he said. The United States told its allies and China that such provocations during the visit of the American president “would lead to adjustments in the way our armed forces are positioned in the region”, added Jake Sullivan.

(Trevor Hunnicutt reporting, with contributions from Hyonhee Shin and Joori Roh; French version Camille Raynaud)