President Moon Jae-in says the ironclad alliance between South Korea and the United States., was demonstrated through their joint response toward North Korea's recent provocations.
"The firmness of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and close cooperation between the two sides have been evident amid North Korea's recent firing of projectiles, including short-range missiles. By maintaining a united stance under close coordination, the two countries will be able to continue the momentum of dialogue as long as North Korea does not make additional provocations."
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This came during a luncheon with the top South Korean and U.S. military commanders at the Blue House on Tuesday.
It was the first meeting with such a select few commanders from the two sides, since President Moon took office.
The president emphasized that the driving force of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, is the two countries' strong partnership.
He said improved inter-Korean relations and the easing of military tensions, based on that alliance, are helping the denuclearization talks between Pyeongyang and Washington.
General Robert Abrams, Commander of U.S. Forces Korea, also thanked President Moon for his support, which has allowed the military to maintain readiness against any situation.
"We thank you for your leadership and your continued support on the issues that matter to us most. Under your administration and your leadership, the Republic of Korea Armed forces enjoys historic levels of resourcing, which makes our alliance stronger and prepares us for any potential crisis or future threat."
"The president stressed that the two countries' alliance should not be a temporary one. He says it needs to continue even after peace is established on the Korean Peninsula, to secure the peace and stability of the entire Northeast Asian region. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News."