South Korea, U.S. vow new measures to deter North Korea, expand economic partnership

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U.S. President Joe Biden attends a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Yoon Seok-youl at the People's House in Seoul, South Korea, May 21, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea agreed on Saturday to step up measures to deter North Korea, and expand cooperation on a range of measures from cybersecurity and nuclear energy to regional security and supply chains.

In a joint statement issued after the first summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, the two countries vowed to expand their alliance to tackle issues beyond North Korea, while remaining open to talks with Pyongyang.

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Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by William Mallard

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