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Moon congratulates Biden in phone call

President-elect Joe Biden, and Jill Biden, place a wreath at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn's Landing, on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia.  [AP]

President-elect Joe Biden, and Jill Biden, place a wreath at the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial at Penn's Landing, on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. [AP]

 
 
President Moon Jae-in had his first phone conversation with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.
 
Following the phone talk Thursday morning, Moon posted a Twitter message saying he congratulated Biden on his victory.
 
“We reaffirmed our firm commitment to a robust ROK-US alliance and peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula,” Moon wrote in the English-language message. ROK stands for Korea’s formal name, the Republic of Korea.
 
“Going forward, I will work closely with him to meet global challenges including COVID19 and climate change.”
 
According to the Blue House, Moon was joined by the director and deputy directors of the National Security Office when he had the phone talk, which started at 9 a.m.. Other presidential aides including spokesman and foreign affairs secretary also listened in from a separate room.
 
The phone conversation followed Biden’s visit to a Korean War veterans’ memorial on Wednesday. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, visited the memorial in his home state of Pennsylvania as the country observed Veterans Day. It was Biden’s first official event since his election victory.  
 
"Biden, holding the hand of his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and accompanied by the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, arrived at the black marble memorial that stands in a square. U.S. and Korean flags flew overhead," a pool report said.
 
During the 15-minute visit, Biden laid three wreaths at the memorial, according to the report.
 
Over 36,000 American soldiers were killed during the 1950-53 Korean War and more than 90,000 others injured.
 
 
BY SER MYO-JA   [ser.myoja@joongang.co.kr]
 

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