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Write : 2017-06-18

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President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump will have their first summit at the end of this month.

The presidential office on Wednesday announced that Moon will hold talks with Trump at the White House on June 29th and 30th. After wrapping up their meetings, the two leaders will hold a joint news conference on June 30th.

Announcing Moon’s first trip to the U.S. since he took office last month, Presidential Spokesman Park Soo-hyun said the Moon-Trump summit will be an opportunity to solidify the two countries' relationship and discuss North Korea.

On top of the North Korean nuclear issue, the two sides will discuss a wide range of topics, including ways to further advance the Seoul-Washington alliance and economic cooperation.

During the five-day trip, Moon will also meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other key officials, lawmakers, and business leaders. The presidential office is also arranging a meeting between the South Korean president and the Korean-American community.

The White House also confirmed the summit schedule, saying the two leaders will discuss ways to further strengthen the ironclad bilateral alliance, advance cooperation on economic and global issues, and deepen the relationship between the countries.

The summit will be held as the two countries are exploring joint measures in response to the North’s growing nuclear and missile threats.

The presidential office said it is taking note of the timing of the summit, stressing that the two countries need solid coordination with one another more than ever before.

Given that it is the first meeting between the two leaders, political pundits say whether Moon and Trump forge personal bonds will be as important as the talks on the pending issues.

As for the agenda, it is expected the two leaders will discuss the installation of the THAAD missile defense system, the cost of the US troops stationed in South Korea, and the bilateral Free Trade Agreement, in addition to the North Korean nuclear issue.

Meanwhile, U.S. Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon visited South Korea for three days through Thursday and held talks with First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam on Wednesday to fine-tune the summit agenda.

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