Thursday, May 9

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol delights W.H. crowd with ‘American Pie’

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol sang “American Pie” throughout state dinner festivities Wednesday on the White House, incomes rave critiques from President Biden and a cheerful crowd.

Mr. Yoon mentioned the Don McLean ‘70s hit was his favourite, prompting Mr. Biden to answer: “Well, we wanted to hear you sing it.”

He did, holding a microphone and providing a verse to piano accompaniment whereas Mr. Biden and the company beamed.

Mr. Biden introduced a guitar autographed by Mr. McLean, saying the singer couldn’t be there however needed the South Korean chief to have it.

“The next state dinner we’re gonna have, you’re looking at the entertainment,” Mr. Biden mentioned to the guitar-wielding Mr. Yoon in a clip from NBC News.

Mr. Biden hosted Mr. Yoon on the second state dinner of his presidency. French President Emmanuel Macron was the primary visitor final December.

Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Biden and Mr. Yoon introduced an settlement to discourage North Korea from launching a nuclear assault, together with deploying a U.S. nuclear-armed submarine to South Korea for the primary time in almost 40 years.

The protection settlement, dubbed the Washington Declaration, was the centerpiece of Mr. Yoon’s go to to Washington.

Mr. Yoon will handle a joint assembly of Congress on Thursday.

• Jeff Mordock contributed to this report.

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