Tillerson's departure won't affect coordination with S. Korea: top diplomat

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 14, 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's departure comes as "a sudden change", but it won't affect South Korea and the United States' close coordination over North Korean nuclear issues, South Korea's top diplomat said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has dismissed concerns over the USA replacing its Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The dismissal of Rex Tillerson as top USA diplomat will have no effect on the allies' scheduled dialogue with North Korea, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday.

Kang said it is not appropriate for her to comment on another country's personnel reshuffle, adding that she believes Seoul will be able to work closely with the new state secretary as Seoul and Washington have maintained close cooperation.

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Refusing to comment on the replacement of the USA secretary of state, she said, "I can not make any comments on a personnel decision of a foreign country".

"The North Korea-U.S. summit will be held as scheduled as President Trump has personally expressed his decision to do so", the Cheong Wa Dae official said.

The U.S. leader said he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before the end of May when he was told of Kim's proposal for what will be the first-ever U.S.

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