PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea Congratulating for His Victory May 10, 2017
Remarks by President Trump
For Immediate Release
May 10th, 2017
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to congratulate him and the Korean people on his great election victory and their peaceful, democratic transition of power.
President Trump and President Moon agreed to continue to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and to deepen the enduring friendship between our two countries. President Trump said he looks forward to working with President Moon and invited him to visit Washington at an early date. President Moon accepted the invitation.
Meanwhile, According to Arirang News dated May 11th, 2017,
Prior to his talks with the leaders of China and Japan, President Moon Jae-in spoke with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump.
During those talks, President Trump suggested holding summit talks at the White House as soon as possible. With preparations already underway, attention focuses on what they will talk about as there is plenty to cover.
According to Arirang News, Connie Kim, The leaders of South Korea and the United States agreed on holding a bilateral summit as U.S. President Donald Trump called to congratulate South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his victory in Tuesday's election.
It's a much anticipated meeting as there are pending issues of great importance for both sides, especially on the security front due to North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions. "I think there should be a more close coordination with President Trump first very quickly because his North Korea policy is already undergoing some important processes.
In order to have an important influence on the U.S. policy on North Korea there should be close coordination and dialogue with President Trump as soon as possible." President Moon, a liberal reformer, has advocated dialogue with North Korea and engagement with the regime, particularly on the economic front as the best method to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
Washington on the other hand is focused on maximizing pressure on Pyongyang while keeping the door open for credible talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Another issue that needs ironing out is the THAAD deployment issue.
While the THAAD system became operational last week, ROK President Moon during his campaign said he would review the deployment of the controversial missile defense system.
On top of that, President Trump raised concerns over the cost of THAAD, as he was quoted saying that Seoul should pay a staggering one billion U.S. dollars for the system, Arirang News stated that a cost South Korea is not responsible for. Officials from South Korea's foreign ministry reportedly said they will soon start arranging a team of envoys to fly to Washington to discuss the details of the bilateral summit.
Arirang News also reported that President. Moon vows to do everything to build peace on Korean peninsula.