Biden says US 'pivot' to Asia is here to stay
SEOUL (AFP) - Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday there should be no doubt about America's commitment to its strategic shift to Asia as he wound up a regional tour dominated by security concerns including a new Chinese air zone.
In talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and later in a speech at Seoul's Yonsei University, Biden reiterated US opposition to the Chinese zone which has fuelled regional tensions - especially between Beijing and Tokyo.
At the same time, he underlined the regional - and global - unity in the face of the "clear and present danger" of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
"Let there be no doubt, the United States is committed to do what it takes to defend our allies and ourselves against North Korean aggression. Period," he said in his speech.