Biden, Moon pledge unity on N.Korea

US President Joe Biden says he is willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, if Kim is committed to discussing his nuclear program.

Biden made the remark at a joint press conference following his first summit with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in.

The two leaders touted the strength of their alliance and said they'll work together toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Biden said, "Our two nations also share our willingness to engage diplomatically with the DPRK to take pragmatic steps that will reduce tensions as we move toward our ultimate goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Moon said, "President Biden has expressed support for inter-Korean dialogue. South Korea will work to promote progress in inter-Korean relations through close cooperation with the United States and to create a virtuous cycle and dialogue between the US and North Korea."

Biden said he would meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on, "if there was a commitment," to discuss his nuclear program.

In a joint statement released after the summit, the 2 sides stressed the importance of trilateral cooperation among the US, South Korea and Japan towards North Korean issues.

The Biden administration recently completed a review of US policy toward the North, opting for a practical approach.

To explore the possibility of diplomacy with Pyongyang, Biden has appointed veteran State Department official Sung Kim as special envoy for North Korea. Moon welcomed the move.

Moon is the second foreign leader to meet Biden at the White House, following Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide.