By Kim Young Shin
President Moon Jae-in and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held a meeting in Singapore on Nov. 15 to discuss strengthening Seoul-Washington ties.
“It is definitely the power of Korea-U.S. alliance that lead North Korea into direct talks and made the current situation possible,” said President Moon. “The alliance is the foundation of Korea’s diplomatic policies and it will continue to be firm and strong.”
“Particularly, after the second North Korea-U.S. summit, there will be a huge process for the complete denuclearization and bringing peace on the Korean Peninsula,” said the president. “In order to build up inter-Korean and North Korea-U.S. relations, it is important to continue close coordination between Seoul and Washington.”
Pence mentioned that the joint effort of Korea and U.S. has brought forward the progress such as the halting of North’s nuclear testing and the release of American citizens detained in Pyeongyang.
The U.S. vice president also delivered U.S. President Donald Trump’s message that the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit will build a great foundation for the shared goal of long-term denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“The Korea-U.S. alliance is even sturdier than at any other time in history,” said the vice president. “The two countries will continue close communication to ensure the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula.”