Moon, Trump Stress Firm Alliance during State Dinner
Write : 2017-11-08 09:52:36 Update : 2017-11-08 10:27:07
Leaders of South Korea and the United States stressed the enduring bilateral alliance during a state dinner at Seoul's presidential office in honor of President Donald Trump's visit on Tuesday.
In a speech, President Moon Jae-in said close coordination between the two nations and the "overwhelming superiority of power" that stems from the alliance will eventually make North Korea cease its provocations and come to dialogue for denuclearization.
Trump said the partnership between the two nations and the two people is deep and enduring, adding that the U.S. has been proud to stand by Korea's side for many decades as "an unwavering friend and a loyal ally." He added that Korea has never had a time where this ally has been more loyal or stood by its side more than right now.
Moon also congratulated Trump on the one-year anniversary of his election victory, which falls on Wednesday.
The two-hour dinner followed a visit to a U.S. military base south of Seoul, an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential office, a bilateral summit and a joint news conference. The dinner was attended by some 120 people, including political and business leaders. Lee Yong-soo, a victim of Japan's wartime sexual slavery, was also invited.