September 20, 2017 12:06
President Moon Jae-in on Monday said occasional disagreements with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump cannot undermine the alliance between the two countries.
"The South Korea-U.S. alliance is strong and unshaken, but the positions of the two countries cannot always be perfectly the same," Moon told Korean expats in New York.
"One attendee expressed concern over possible conflicts between South Korea and the U.S. undermining the alliance," Moon said. "But that's not the case. Our alliance itself and our concerted efforts against the North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles provocations are strong as iron and stone."
Moon pointed out that there are areas where South Korea and the U.S. have different views, citing the bilateral free trade agreement and sharing the upkeep of the U.S. Forces Korea.
"There is a consensus on the necessity of the FTA, but there are different views on the details between the two countries," he said. "These differences are only natural. We are currently developing bilateral relations from a one-sided one into a more equal and healthier one by doing our own share of the work."
Moon arrived in New York on Monday afternoon and met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, asking him to mediate in resolving tensions on the Korean Peninsula. There was no mention of US$8 million in aid Seoul is giving to North Korea through international organizations, according to the Cheong Wa Dae.
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