South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Robert Abrams and other military leaders at the presidential palace in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. COURTESY OF THE BLUE HOUSE
South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Robert Abrams and other military leaders at the presidential palace in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. COURTESY OF THE BLUE HOUSE

Moon praises restraint in response to N. Korean missiles during meeting with top US commander

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday praised the allied U.S. and South Korean militaries for showing restraint in response to North Korea’s recent missile tests, saying that has helped keep dialogue on track despite recent setbacks.

Moon made the remarks during a meeting with Gen. Robert Abrams, the top U.S. commander in South Korea, and other military officials at the presidential palace in Seoul.

The allied nations have sought to keep tensions from rising after the North conducted two short-range missile tests five days apart earlier this month amid growing frustration over stalled nuclear talks with the United States.

“The solidarity of the (South Korean)-U.S. alliance and close coordination between our two countries was clearly evident during our joint response to North Korea’s recent launches,” Moon said, according to a transcript from his office. “By offering a calm and moderate message with one voice … the two countries have maintained the momentum of talks.”

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