Biden offers a message for Kim Jong Un while in South Korea

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol at the Presidential office on May 21, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. President Joe Biden is visiting South Korea for his first summit with his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk-yeol, and the two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including North Korea's nuclear program and supply chain risks.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol at the Presidential office on May 21, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. President Joe Biden is visiting South Korea for his first summit with his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk-yeol, and the two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including North Korea's nuclear program and supply chain risks. Photo credit Jeon Heon-Kyun - Pool/Getty Images

President Joe Biden is currently visiting several countries in Asia, and while concluding his time in South Korea on Sunday, the commander in chief offered a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Biden was asked if he had a message for the nuclear-armed dictator to the north, to which the president offered a short response.

"Hello," Biden said. "Period."

The Biden administration has not been able to restart diplomacy talks with Pyongyang, with attempts to communicate going unanswered.

Biden touched down in Tokyo on Sunday evening, but before leaving South Korea, he said he was prepared for any contingencies that might occur, being that Kim has intensified missile launches and could be planning a seventh underground nuclear test.

"We are prepared for anything North Korea does. We've had — thought through how we're going to respond to whatever they do. And so I'm not concerned," Biden said.

This is the president's first trip to Asia as during his tenure and while in South Korea, he was meeting with nearly 30,0000 American service members stationed in the country.

Biden was visiting a joint airspace control center where the service members and the South Korean military work together to monitor airspace and North Korean missile tests.

"Our alliance is formed through shared sacrifices of the Korean War, and several decades later, thanks to you, the Republic of Korea is a strong, thriving democracy," Biden said.

Unlike his predecessors, Biden chose not to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone, saying he wanted to visit with the American troops instead. After speaking, he joined a group of military families for ice cream.

"All the American troops that are here and your families, thank you for what you do for our country and our allies," Biden said.

While in Japan, Biden is expected to meet with American forces again while also calling on Emperor Naruhito at his imperial palace and meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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