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Trump's security adviser casts bright future for Seoul-Washington alliance

2017/01/22 11:44

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) -- U.S. National Security Advisor Mike Flynn on Sunday held a phone conversation with his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-jin, expressing hope over the development of the Seoul-Washington alliance.

South Korea's presidential office said Flynn suggested that the two countries maintain close ties on key security issues.

Kim also congratulated U.S. President Donald Trump for his inauguration and said South Korea wishes to keep thorough cooperation with the new Washington administration, especially on urgent issues, including North Korean nukes.

The phone conversation was arranged at the U.S.' request.

Kim met Flynn in Washington ahead of Trump's inauguration, where the two agreed to continue making progress in the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, while maintaining a firm stance against Pyongyang's nuclear development.

In a related development, the Seoul government said South Korea's Ambassador for Public Diplomacy Cho Hyun-dong will visit the U.S. Jan. 22-25 for meetings with officials of the Trump government.

South Korea's National Security Office chief Kim Kwan-jin (L) shakes hands with U.S. National Security Advisor Mike Flynn prior to their talks in Washington on Jan. 9, 2017, in this photo released by the South Korean Embassy in the U.S. capital. (Yonhap) South Korea's National Security Office chief Kim Kwan-jin (L) shakes hands with U.S. National Security Advisor Mike Flynn prior to their talks in Washington on Jan. 9, 2017, in this photo released by the South Korean Embassy in the U.S. capital. (Yonhap)

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