For Korea though, a delegation from Seoul was offered some reassurance during a meeting with Trump’s nominee for National Security Advisor.
Kim Hye-sung tells us more.
“The Seoul-Washington alliance remains strong and firm.”
That’s what U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, reportedly said in a meeting with a South Korean delegation in Washington Tuesday local time.
According to the South Korean delegation, led by First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, Flynn said Washington hopes to build a stronger alliance with Seoul and stressed the importance of working together to tackle Pyongyang’s provocations.
Related to that, he said the decision to deploy the THAAD missile defense system to the Korean peninsula is an apporpriate move.
On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump said the U.S. should no longer be the policeman of the world, saying he would even consider withdrawing U.S. troops stationed in South Korea if Seoul does not cover more of the financial costs, raising red flags about possible changes to Korea-U.S. bilateral ties.
“Michael Flynn’s comments are fairly encouraging but I think it’s a little too early to jump to conclusions. One is how the Trump Administration reacts to North Korea’s provocations, second is what his China’s policy is going to be, whether or not North Korea will be a central component of his relationship to Beijing.”
And, of course, it’s still a question whether Trump’s cabinet picks will pass the U.S. congress confirmation process.
Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.
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