South Korea-U.S. Summit open the window of AOD

Write : 2017-07-02


President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump have reaffirmed the airtight alliance to resolve the North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

Following their first summit at the White House on Friday, the two leaders held a joint news conference and revealed the direction of their collaboration down the road.

President Moon said the two sides will employ both sanctions and dialogue in a phased and comprehensive approach and pledged to seek a fundamental resolution of the North Korean nuclear problem.

Trump called on other regional powers and all responsible nations to join in implementing sanctions, demanding the North Korean regime choose a better path and do it quickly for a different future for its long suffering people.

But Seoul and Washington will have to iron out differences in terms of trade and defense cost.

Trump told reporters the cost of keeping U.S. troops in South Korea will be spread fairly between the two sides.

Also South Korean presidential officials said the two sides have not decided to renegotiate the terms of the bilateral free trade agreement. Instead, President Moon proposed to launch a joint survey on the actual impact of the South Korea-U.S. FTA to both economies.

The two presidents are now expected to hold more discussions on pending issues later this year. During the summit, Moon invited Trump to visit Seoul this year which the U.S. leader accepted.

A joint statement following the summit also indicated that Seoul should take the lead in the allied forces defense against North Korea and the U.S. supports Seoul's leading role in fostering an environment for peaceful unification of the two Koreas.

In the statement, the two sides specified that South Korea will continue to acquire the critical military capabilities necessary to lead the combined defense, including the interoperable Kill-Chain preemptive strike system.

The two sides also vowed to continue collaboration to peacefully achieve a verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The two leaders also emphasized they do not maintain a hostile policy toward North Korea.

On the economic front, the two sides committed to foster a truly fair and level playing field.

Meanwhile, President Moon also spoke at Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS) in Washington Friday evening. He said he and President Trump will not pursue a hostile policy against the North. He said the allies do not want to attack North Korea or induce a regime collapse.

While noting that Seoul and Washington will not seek to accelerate the unification of the two Koreas against Pyongyang's own intention, Moon also argued that denuclearization is the only way for the regime to ensure its safety and economic development.

He said the door to dialogue is wide open, urging Pyongyang to make the right decision at an important crossroads and seize the opportunity toward peace and prosperity.

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