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Defense minister asks for U.S. congress's unwavering support for strong alliance

All Headlines 19:30 April 17, 2019

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo met U.S. congressional leaders Wednesday and asked for their unwavering support for maintaining a strong alliance between the two countries, his office said.

Jeong met a group of U.S. congressmen who were visiting Seoul as members of a bipartisan study group known as the Congressional Study Group on Korea (CSGK), the ministry said in a press release.

Jeong expressed appreciation for their strong support for maintaining a firm alliance between South Korea and the U.S., which he said has helped produce progress in efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and establish peace in the region.

He also explained to them the latest security situation on the Korean Peninsula and asked for their unwavering support for maintaining robust ties between South Korea and the U.S., the ministry said.

The congressmen, including CSGK co-chairs Ami Bera (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), said that they could confirm South Korea's efforts on denuclearization and the improvement in inter-Korean relations during their trip to Seoul and promised bipartisan support, according to the ministry.

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