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Trump's visit to South Korea 'great success': U.S. acting envoy to Seoul Updated: 2017-11-10 12:06:50 KST

The recent state visit by President Trump has clearly brought South Korea and the United States closer together.
The acting U.S. ambassador to Seoul, Marc Knapper, said both countries were able to confirm the strong bilateral alliance and their collaborative approach toward the North Korea nuclear issue.
In particular, he said Presidents Trump and Moon Jae-in were able to nurture their friendship.

"It's great that they've reached this point now where they can be friends and speak clearly and in a good personal way with each other."

He added that both leaders reconfirmed their desire to work together on bilateral trade.
Knapper stressed the words of praise given by President Trump at the National Assembly on Korea's economic rise was a rare and welcome event.

"How much we value our relationship with Korea and how high our respect is for Korea's achievements, but also how concerned we are about not just North Korea's missile programs but about the situation in North Korea for the North Korean people . I think this is something that the president deeply cares about.

When asked about the purchase of U.S. strategic military assets, Knapper said the leaders saw eye-to-eye that Seoul needs to secure the best possible defensive systems available.
These include the F-35 and Apache helicopters that have already been approved for purchase, and the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for which talks are still pending.
Knapper also welcomed the agreement between South Korea and China to mend bilateral relations that had been frayed by the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system.
Park Jong-hong, Arirang News.
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