SEOUL : Officials in Seoul and Washington said Thursday that a planned meeting between former South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US Vice President Joe Biden in Seoul this weekend is improbable.
Biden will arrive in South Korea on Friday for a three-day tour and will conduct his first summit with President Yoon Suk-yeol the next day. Moon is expected to meet with Biden during his visit to Seoul, according to state media reports.
In a news briefing at the White House on Wednesday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan disputed the rumours, saying, "We don't have a meeting arranged with (former) President Moon at this time." Those close to Moon have stated that they have no opinion on the US decision.
"The meeting was initially set up at the White House's request. If the White House has finally chosen not to organise the meeting, we have nothing to add to what has already been mentioned "An official stated.
Moon departed office on May 9 following a five-year tenure and is now residing in his retirement house in Yangsan, in the country's southeast.