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Atlantic Council chief underlines importance of allies standing united in historic moment

All Headlines 16:05 May 18, 2018

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- The head of a major U.S.-based policy think tank on Friday emphasized the importance of South Korea and the United States standing united at a time when history is being made on the Korean Peninsula.

"Our hope is to work with friends and allies to secure the future," Frederick Kempe, head of the Atlantic Council, said at the start of his meeting with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon in Seoul.

"You can feel right now in Seoul history in the air, and this is the most important time for allies to be together," he added.

Kempe was apparently referring to growing expectations that progress could be made in denuclearization of North Korea following the April 27 inter-Korean summit, which will be followed by a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

Cho expressed hope to listen to his views on the reunification of Germany as Kempe is known to be an expert on issues related to Germany and East Europe.

Kempe, a former journalist, said that he looks forward to discussing "similarities" and dissimilarities" that might exist between the Korean and German cases.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (L) shakes hands with Frederick Kempe, head of the Atlantic Council, during a meeting in Seoul on May 18, 2018. (Yonhap)


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