Trump Changes Tune Over Alliance with Korea

  • By Jung Nok-yong

    November 11, 2016 09:30

    U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on Thursday told President Park Geun-hye the U.S. stands by Korea "100 percent," Cheong Wa Dae said.

    "We are going to be with you 100 percent," Trump said when Park called him in the morning. “We will be steadfast and strong with respect to working with you to protect against the instability in North Korea."

    On the campaign trail Trump repeatedly singled out the alliance with Korea as an expensive commitment the U.S. can do without, and described the free trade agreement with Korea as a "disaster."

    A staffer lays out books about U.S. president-elect Donald Trump at a bookstore in Seoul on Thursday.

    But now the reality of his election win sinks in he appears to have changed his tune. "We are with you all the way and we will not waver," he told Park.

    Park told Trump the two countries "have built mutual trust while advancing their alliance over the past six decades."

    "We're looking forward to working closely with you to bolster and develop the alliance in more diverse areas for the sake of common interests." Park added the most serious challenge facing the alliance "is the North Korean nuclear and missile threats."

    Trump said he agrees 100 percent. The real estate tycoon also claimed to have bought many Korean home appliances and thought they were very good.

    Park expressed hope that Trump will visit Korea at an early date, saying, "I'm looking forward to meeting you to have more in-depth discussions in the near future."

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