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(LEAD) Seoul's top security advisor reaffirms commitment to strong alliance with U.S.

2017/05/29 17:22

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SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- The top security advisor to President Moon Jae-in reaffirmed South Korea's commitment to a stronger alliance with the United States Monday during a meeting with the visiting chair of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Seoul's presidential office said.

"National Security Office chairman Chung Eui-yong held a meeting with an eight-person delegation from the House Committee on Armed Services, led by committee chairman Mac Thornberry, and explained the direction of our government's basic policy to expand and develop the Korea-U.S. alliance," the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

The meeting was held early Monday morning at an undisclosed location in Seoul.

Thornberry (R, Texas) reaffirmed the U.S. Congress' bipartisan support for the Korea-U.S. alliance, and expressed hope for enhanced cooperation with Seoul's new Moon Jae-in administration, Cheong Wa Dae said.

Mac Thornberry (L), chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, speaks while meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo at Seoul's Defense Ministry on May 29, 2017. The U.S. congressman earlier held a meeting with Chung Eui-yong, the chairman of the National Security Office and top security advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. (Yonhap) Mac Thornberry (L), chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, speaks while meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo at Seoul's Defense Ministry on May 29, 2017. The U.S. congressman earlier held a meeting with Chung Eui-yong, the chairman of the National Security Office and top security advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. (Yonhap)

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