Biden vows to expand space cooperation with South Korea, Japan

SEOUL, South Korea —U.S. President Joe Biden promised to expand space cooperation with Japan and South Korea during back-to-back summits with the leaders of two East Asian allies.

During a May 23 summit with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Biden agreed to work to put the first Japanese astronaut on the moon as part of the NASA-led Artemis program. In a May 21 summit with South Korea’s president Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul, Biden agreed to strengthen the alliance “across all sectors of space cooperation.”

In a joint statement issued following the May 23 summit, Biden and Kishida announced “progress in collaboration on the Artemis program,” including their “shared intention to include a Japanese astronaut on [the lunar] Gateway and on human and…

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