president joe Biden on Southeast Asia Trip

U.S. President Joe Biden and the leaders of Japan and South Korea met in Phnom Penh, where they vowed a united stance over threats posed by North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

The three leaders held talks on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Cambodia where regional leaders gathered for the first in-person talks since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For years our countries have been engaging in trilateral cooperation out of a shared concern for the nuclear missile threats that North Korea poses to our people. And North Korea continues provocative behavior. This partnership is even more important than it’s ever been,” Biden said after the talks.

North Korea has launched a record number of missile this year, some of which have flown over Japan, alarming leaders in Tokyo.

“North Korea’s provocations continue at an unprecedented level. With possible further provocations [by North Korea], I think Tokyo’s summit with the United States and South Korea is happening at the right time. I would like to further strengthen cooperation with the United States and South Korea to deal with North Korea resolutely,” said Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The East Asia Summit is a grouping of the Associated of Southeast Asian Nations and its dialogue partners: Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia, and the United States.

FILE PHOTO – U.S. President Joe Biden disembarks Air Force One at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, U.S., October 27, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

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