Meeting with Moon Jae-in took too long, Biden staffer had to…

The president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, visited the United States and met with President Joe Biden on the afternoon of the 21st, local time.

The two of them have been in contact with each other.

The Yonhap news agency reported that the summit was divided into three parts: individual talks, few talks and expanded talks. The meeting between Moon and Biden was scheduled to last for 20 minutes, and the lunch time, which was not included in the preview, lasted for 37 minutes in total.

The two leaders met for more than 3 hours at the summit. In addition to the ceremony to award honorary pins to Korean war veterans and the joint press conference after the meeting, Moon spent a total of 5 hours and 40 minutes at the White House.

In his speech before the expanded talks, Biden referred to the first two sessions of talks, “Because there were so many topics that were talked about for a long time, I also received a note from my staff reminding me that ‘the conversation took too long.” The chief secretary for national communication at Cheong Wa Dae, Jung Wan-ho, later added that Biden then considered the content of the meeting beneficial and instructed to extend the meeting time.

The report pointed out that the summit meeting time was extended, also on behalf of the two countries time to be addressed by the leaders of sensitive issues quite a lot. This time the two sides talked about issues including the Korean Peninsula issues such as the North Korean nuclear weapons issue, vaccine partnership, building semiconductor, battery supply network construction cooperation, etc., and also reached a consensus on the lifting of restrictions on the Korea-US missile policy.

The media also compared the summit with the US-Japan summit held a month earlier. The photo posted by Biden on Twitter shows Biden and Moon sitting around the two ends of a small round table for lunch, and because of the lifting of the mask order, both of them did not need to wear masks and smiled brightly, a far cry from the atmosphere a month ago when Biden wore two masks and ate burgers with Japanese Prime Minister Kan sitting at the two ends of a long table.

During Kan’s visit to the U.S., he and Biden had to wear masks and could not get too close due to social distance regulations and mask orders, and no other activities could be arranged except for talks. The same Biden and Moon Jae-in, who have also completed two doses of vaccination, are closer. In addition to not having to wear masks and being seated close to each other, they can also be seen shaking hands and posing for photos together when they attend the ceremony to award the Korean War Service Medal.