S. Korean Pres., Shanahan agree on N. Korea sanctions

TOKYO, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the Pentagon chief agreed Monday that it is important to maintain a robust alliance between the two nations and sanctions on North Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported.

In a meeting with acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in Seoul, Moon said, “In order to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and permanent peace, the South Korea-US alliance is more important than any other thing.” As Pyongyang refuses to take further denuclearization steps, Moon expressed hope that the US will support the peace process on the basis of a strong alliance, according to the presidential office.

Shanahan was quoted as saying that the South Korea-US combined defense posture is contributing to the creation of the “diplomatic room” necessary for a peaceful resolution to the Korean Peninsula issue. They also agreed that sanctions against Pyongyang should remain in place “until there is meaningful progress in achieving the denuclearization goal,” the office said.

Moon also underlined the need for humanitarian projects for the North, including reunions of separated families and provision of food aid. He pledged to coordinate closely with the US government for such programs.

Source: Kuwait News Agency