US congratulates South Korea on its election as president. The United States congratulated South Korea’s President-elect Yoon Seok-youl and said Washington looked forward to expanding its “solid” alliance with Seoul.
US congratulates South Korea on its election as president
South Korea on Wednesday selected the candidate of the main opposition People Power Party, Yoon Seok-wook, a former prosecutor, as South Korea’s next leader after a competitive and divisive presidential election.
Conservative Yin Xiyue is expected to take a tough stance on North Korea and China. “The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, our economy and our people is strong,” a State Department spokesman told VOA. The spokesman added that President Biden “looks forward to Work with the new administration to further expand our close cooperation.”
Yoon Sek-yue is expected to form a transition team to replace outgoing President Moon Jae-in before he takes office in May. Under the constitution, Moon Jae-in is barred from running for a second five-year term.
Although U.S. officials declined to predict the future relationship between Washington and Seoul, it can be expected that the relationship between the two countries will remain largely continuous.
On foreign policy, Yin Xiyue is seen as an advocate for North Korea’s “peace through strength” policy and has been a more outspoken critic of Beijing.
Experts say he will have to deal simultaneously with North Korea’s expanding military capabilities and growing U.S.-China competition.
In a recent webinar, Kathy Moon, director of Korean studies at the SK-Korea Foundation at the Brookings Institution, said Yoon seemed to want to “stand more in the U.S. On the one hand, take a tougher stance on China. This includes military cooperation with the US, which will really irritate China.” The
expert said, “at least next year or so,” the US should be cautious in dealing with Yin Xiyue because he was in The field of diplomacy is considered an “absolute novice”.
Scott Snyder, a senior fellow on Korea at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the importance of the Korea-U.S. alliance cannot be doubted given its high approval ratings among the South Korean public and current U.S. foreign policy.
“Right now, people don’t think (the U.S.-South Korea alliance) is necessarily a big issue, especially with a Biden administration focused on strengthening alliance cooperation,” Snyder said.
U.S. State Department officials said the U.S. and South Korea’s shared goal is to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and the firm U.S. commitment to South Korea’s defense has not changed. The United States will continue to coordinate with allies, including South Korea and Japan, and stands ready to engage in serious and sustained diplomacy with North Korea.