“I pray that this ceasefire” in the Israel-Gaza conflict “will hold”. “There is still a need for a two-state solution, that’s the only answer.” Joe Biden said this in recent hours during a press conference following the meeting at the White House with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, after the truce between Israel and Hamas that ended 11 days of hostility. “There is no change – said the American president – in my commitment to the security of Israel. Period. No change”. “As long as the region does not say unequivocally that Israel’s right to exist as an independent Jewish state is recognized, there will be no peace,” he went on to talk about the commitment to rebuilding Gaza, controlled by Hamas. It is a priority to “rebuild the houses” destroyed during the hostilities, but “without giving Hamas the opportunity” to rebuild its weapons system. “They need help and we will do it,” the president said. The American president also touched on the North Korea issue, stressing that the United States and South Korea are “deeply concerned” and want to focus on a diplomatic solution. Talks with Pyongyang must focus on “concrete steps that reduce tensions as we move towards our ultimate goal, the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” said the US president. by American diplomat Sung Kim, former ambassador to Seoul, as an envoy for North Korea. “The most urgent joint task our two countries have to accomplish is to achieve complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula,” said Moon, whose term will expire next year, according to foreign leader welcomed to the White House by the ‘ Biden takes office in January, after the visit in April by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Moon’s visit to the US just over two months after the mission to Seoul of the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin.
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