S. Korea to speed up high-level talks with Trump administration

South Korea will speed up high-level talks with the new U.S. administration in a bid to keep the bilateral alliance strong, the foreign ministry said Thursday, source from the Yonhap.

"Following the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump as U.S. president, the South Korean government plans to seek consultations and coordination between Seoul and Washington in a speedy manner at the minister level as well as higher-ranking policymakers," Cho June-hyuck, spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a briefing. "Through them, (Seoul) plans to push forward the strengthening of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and intensify cooperation in other sectors between the two countries."

   The spokesman said South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Ahn Ho-young will attend Trump's inauguration ceremony set for Jan. 20 as South Korea's representative.

South Korea will also send a letter of congratulations to Trump in the near future from Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is currently acting as president after President Park Geun-hye was impeached in December over a corruption scandal.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shake hands before the start of their bilateral summit in Pyongyang on Sept. 18, 2018. (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap)

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