The South Korean government has dismissed President Trump's controversial remark that Korea was once part of China.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump quoted Chinese President Xi Jinping as telling him that Korea used to be part of China when the two held their first summit earlier this month.
An official from Seoul's foreign ministry said the comment was untrue and not worthy of response.
The official added it's a historic fact Korea has never been part of China, and this is something acknowledged by the international community.
It's not confirmed whether these were the exact words President Xi used, or a misunderstanding on President Trump's part, or even an interpretation error.
Whatever the case, pundits say the fact Trump made such a remark during a media interview reflects his lack of understanding about Korea, as well as President Xi's possible hegemonic ambitions on the Korean Peninsula.
Watchers say that, given the circumstances, cooperating with these leaders to find an optimal solution to the North Korean nuclear issue will be a crucial task for South Korea's next president.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.