SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden met Friday in Seoul to discuss regional and global issues, including the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear program and tensions in Northeast Asia.
Biden arrived late Thursday in Seoul, the final stop of his three-nation Asian tour, after holding talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He will return to Washington on Saturday after visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.
Biden said at the meeting with Park that the United States will continue to bet on South Korea, noting he has reiterated his stance during his week-long tour that it would not be a great bet to bet against America from the opposite side.
Biden said that he would make clear U.S. President Barack Obama' s rebalancing policy towards the Asia-Pacific should be above suspicion, adding that the U.S. administration has never said a word that will not be converted into action.
His remarks came as part of the U.S. demand, in an indirect way, for South Korea's active support to Obama's "pivot to Asia" policy as well as that towards Japan.
Biden said that he hoped Seoul and Tokyo, both key U.S. allies, to remove obstacles and mend fences.
Park responded that Japan should become an important cooperating partner, hoping that both nations could set up future- oriented relationship based on mutual trust.
Park said that she was anticipating sincere measures from the Japanese side to make the hope come true, adding that Seoul will maintain and develop a strategic partnership with China to contribute to regional peace.
Park said that Biden's visit to the three Asian nations was conducive to peace in the region, hoping the long-standing South Korea-U.S. alliance will deepen based on trust.
Seoul and Tokyo have been at odds over historical perception. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said that the strained ties between the two countries was due mainly to Japanese leaderships'unrepentant attitude toward its militaristic past, noting that one who tied a knot should untie it.
President Park has refused to hold talks with Abe since her inauguration in February this year,
Park and Biden also agreed to make joint efforts to deter nuclear and missile threats from Pyongyang, pledging to achieve a "substantive progress" in dismantling the DPRK's nuclear program.
Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told a press briefing that Seoul and Washington have heeded China's efforts to help achieve the goal of the denuclearized DPRK.
Park and Biden underlined the need to encourage Pyongyang to show sincerity towards the denuclearization together with participants of the six-party talks, including China, the minister said.
Meanwhile, Park and Biden explained each other's position on air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and they agreed to continue close consultation over the issue.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young said Thursday that South Korea's decision on whether to enlarge its ADIZ would be announced following Biden's visit to Seoul. President Park reportedly instructed officials to review various options, including expanding the KADIZ southward.
Right after the meeting between Park and Biden, Kim Jang-soo, chief security advisor to President Park, presided over the national security policy coordination meeting to finalize its position on the KADIZ expansion along with foreign and defense ministers.
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