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Remarks Prior to a Working Lunch With President Moon Jae-in of South Korea in Seoul, South Korea

June 30, 2019

President Moon. President Trump and members of the U.S. delegation to the Republic of Korea, I'd like to extend my warmest welcome to you all, and thank you very much for joining us today.

With President Trump and also myself, during our Presidency, I believe that the R.O.K.-U.S. alliance has made significant improvements, especially in terms of security and also in terms of economic cooperation, also in terms of trade expansion and mutually beneficial development and amendment of the KORUS FTA. Indeed, there have been significant progresses made. And as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as other forms of exchanges are becoming very active as well.

As you mentioned before, R.O.K.-U.S. alliance is now evolving into the great alliance. Our two countries are making a lot of efforts in terms of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as well as permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. And once this Korean Peninsula peace process becomes successful, I believe that the R.O.K.-U.S. alliance, especially, will be able to shine as the great alliance. And I believe that we're now having that historic milestone yet again.

President Trump's and my efforts, I hope, will be able to produce some tangible results in the end. Thank you very much.

President Trump. Well, thank you very much, Mr. President. And I will say that we had a great meeting just now. And we're talking about some economic balance and a lot of other things. And I think that it will work out extremely well.

I've been told that Kim Jong Un would like to meet, and that—it looks like they're in final stages of working out a—just a very quick meeting because I'll be at the DMZ anyway, the border. I'll be at the DMZ. And I look forward to saying hello to him if that all finally works out. I guess there's always a chance that it might not, but it sounds like the teams would like to have that worked out. And so that's good.

But we have had a great relationship, you and I. And I appreciate that. And I know you appreciate it, because the United States has been doing a very good job for a lot of countries. And I don't know if a lot of countries appreciate what we've done, and that's part of, perhaps, part of the reason I'm President right now and other people aren't. But many of them do. And I think you do.

And I look forward to spending the day with you. I look forward to spending time with you. I look forward to going to the DMZ, which I've wanted to see for a long time. And it's going to be very interesting. And I know the press will have no interest in that, but we will—I will find it very interesting.

So thank you very much. I appreciate your hosting us. You hosted us so beautifully. Thank you.

Thank you all very much. Thank you.

NOTE: The President spoke at approximately 12:25 p.m. at the Blue House. In his remarks, he referred to Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un of North Korea. President Moon spoke in Korean, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter.

Donald J. Trump, Remarks Prior to a Working Lunch With President Moon Jae-in of South Korea in Seoul, South Korea Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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