Top Office Conveyed to Special Adviser that His Comment are Not Helpful

Write : 2017-06-19 15:16:32 Update : 2017-06-19 15:33:39

Top Office Conveyed to Special Adviser that His Comment are Not Helpful

Anchor: The presidential office says it has warned President Moon Jae-in's foreign policy brain, Moon Chung-in, about his controversial remarks about joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises. Moon Chung-in caused controversy last week when he said if North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities, South Korea could reduce its annual military exercises with the U.S.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.
 
Report: A senior official of the presidential office said on Monday that a responsible figure of the government told the president’s special adviser on foreign affairs and security, Moon Chung-in, that his latest remarks in Washington are of no help to Seoul-Washington relations.
 
Moon sparked controversy for saying in a seminar in Washington last Friday that if North Korea suspends its nuclear and missile activities, South Korea in return could reduce the scale of its annual military exercises with the U.S. and scale down deployment of American strategic weapons over the Korean Peninsula.
 
The official downplayed Moon’s remarks at a Woodrow Wilson Center seminar, saying the notion mentioned by Moon is among many ideas that Seoul has to address the strained inter-Korean ties and the North’s missile and nuclear provocations as well as to create a new phase.
 
The official said decisions on issues regarding the annual military drill require close consultations between Seoul and Washington and cannot be realized by the remarks of one person.
 
On whether the president met the special adviser before the adviser visited the U.S., the official said that there was no prior coordination with the president in the process of Moon going to the U.S.
 
Following media reports of Moon's remarks, South Korea's political circle engaged in heated debate over whether or not his comments were appropriate.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.

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