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Diplomatic efforts for talks with N. Korea should be backed by ironclad alliance: U.S. senator

Diplomatic efforts for talks with N. Korea should be backed by ironclad alliance: U.S. senator


So far, it would seem talks between the two
Koreas are limited to the Olympics. But a U.S. senator visiting South Korea says
dialogue between Seoul and Pyongyang should be backed by a strong South Korea-U.S. alliance,…
and the ultimate objective has to be denuclearization. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, met with
the chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Jeong Kyeong-doo, this morning. Here she is speaking to reporters. (English)
” I think it is important to allow diplomatic talks to continue, but those talks cannot
be successful if there’s not a strong ironclad alliance between our two militaries, one that
has been there for decades. I think that whatever we can do to continue
talks, as long as it is clear those talks include a denuclearized peninsula, is important.” She added that it’s a positive sign… that
North Korean athletes are participating in 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. In the meeting this morning, the chairman
of the Joint Chiefs told her and a congressman traveling with her, Democrat Ruben Gallego,…
that the peaceful hosting of the Olympics and a lowering of regional tensions will contribute
to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula… and help bring peace and stability to the
region. Both sides reaffirmed the two countries’ ironclad
alliance and firm military posture.

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