Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden penned an article for South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, where he pledged to strengthen Washington’s alliance with Seoul and said he would not threaten to remove any of the 28,500 US troops from the peninsula.
“As President, I’ll stand with South Korea, strengthening our alliance to safeguard peace in East Asia and beyond, rather than extorting Seoul with reckless threats to remove our troops,” the former vice president wrote, taking a swipe at President Trump.
The Trump administration has weighed troop cuts in South Korea over disagreements with Seoul over cost-sharing. President Trump has demanded South Korea’s government pay more for the heavy US presence in the country.
In the article, Biden said he would engage in “principled diplomacy” to work towards a “denuclearized North Korea and a unified Korean Peninsula.” Biden and President Trump traded barbs over North Korea’s nuclear program at the last presidential debate.
“We have a different kind of relationship. We have a very good relationship, and there’s no war,” President Trump said of himself and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“We had a good relationship with Hitler before he, in fact, invaded the rest of Europe,” Biden responded. The former vice president said Trump “legitimized North Korea” and called Kim a “thug.”Biden said he would only meet with Kim if the North Korean leader agreed to draw down his nuclear capacity.