The North Korean leader must be “sincere” and “serious” for talks to take place, the US president says US President Joe Biden speaks at joint press-conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul. © AP / Evan Vucci

US President Joe Biden hasn’t ruled out a face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-un, but insists that the North Korean leader would need to show the right attitude for it to happen.

Biden was asked about the possibility of such a summit in Seoul on Saturday during his visit to South Korea, which opened his first Asian tour since taking office.

A meeting with Kim “would depend on whether he’s sincere and whether he’s serious,” the US president said.

Biden also issued a joint statement with South Korea’s newly elected President Yoon Suk-yeol, confirming that Washington and Seoul had agreed to “expand the scope and scale of combined military exercises and training on and around the Korean Peninsula.”

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The drills, which are viewed as highly provocative by North Korea, had been largely scaled back under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, in an attempt to improve relations with Pyongyang. (RT)