Trump presidency will test longstanding US-South Korean alliance

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye receives a briefing from her National Security Council on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Seoul to discuss the ramifications of the U.S. presidential election. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump reportedly promised to maintain Washington's security commitment to South Korea in a phone call the next day with Park. (Courtesy of the South Korean presidential office)
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye receives a briefing from her National Security Council on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Seoul to discuss the ramifications of the U.S. presidential election. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump reportedly promised to maintain Washington's security commitment to South Korea in a phone call the next day with Park. (Courtesy of the South Korean presidential office)

Trump presidency will test longstanding US-South Korean alliance

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 12, 2016

SEOUL, South Korea — On the campaign trail, Donald Trump signaled the possibility of a fundamental shift in the U.S.-South Korean alliance and policies toward an increasingly dangerous North Korea.

South Korean officials are hoping the president-elect’s deeds won’t match his words, but analysts say the country should brace for a change in strategy.

The Republican billionaire offered reassurances on Thursday, promising to maintain Washington’s security commitment to South Korea in a 10-minute phone call with President Park Geun-hye.

Park emphasized that North Korea is the greatest threat facing the two allies and stressed the need for strong sanctions and pressure against Pyongyang. In response, Trump said he agreed with her “100 percent,” according to a transcript provided by the Blue House, as the president’s office is known.

He vowed that the U.S. “will be steadfast and strong with respect to working with South Korea to protect against the instability in North Korea.”

“We are with you all the way, and we will not waver,” he was quoted as saying. “We will all be safe together.”

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