South Korean leader to attend White House summit in June

South Korean leader to attend White House summit in June
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South Korea’s recently elected president will attend a summit at the White House next month, The Associated Press reported.

A spokesman for President Moon Jae-in told the AP that Moon’s visit was arranged after a meeting between his foreign policy adviser and Matt Pottinger, who leads Asia issues for the White House National Security Council (NSC).

“There was a basic exchange of opinions about North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations,” Yoon Young-chan, a spokesman for the South Korean president, told the news outlet.

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“The United States reconfirmed its firm commitment to defend South Korea and both sides also agreed to strengthen collaborative efforts to deter North Korean provocations.”

The visit comes as the United States places increased pressure on North Korea over its nuclear ambitions. Pyongyang over the weekend conducted its 10th ballistic missile test in 2017.

Moon, who recently emerged victorious in South Korea’s election, is open to discussions with North Korea and is more cautious of the alliance between South Korea and the United States.

President Trump has vowed to "solve" the North Korea nuclear issue. The administration, since taking office, has put pressure on China to take a more active role in restraining Pyongyang.