April 21, 2021

US and South Korea vow to maintain stability ahead of contentious military drill

U.S. national security advisor and South Korean National Security Office director spoke by phone on Tuesday

Top national security officials from both Washington and Seoul promised to maintain “stability” on the Korean Peninsula and touched base on a “variety of shared foreign policy priorities” over the phone on Tuesday, according to the White House. The call took place just a few days before the two countries are reportedly scheduled to hold joint military drills that typically raise ire in North Korea.

For an hour, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and South Korean National Security Office Director Suh Hoon discussed agenda items like Washington’s ongoing “policy review” on North Korea, South Korea’s presidential Blue House said on Tuesday. Both countries last held a call just a few days after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, on Jan. 23.