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Trump confirms US-S Korea alliance is 'ironclad'

Speaking over the phone to acting president of South Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn, Mr Trump said the coming visit by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reflected the close friendship of the two countries and the importance of their alliance. Mr Hwang's office quoted Mr Trump as saying that the US would cooperate with South Korea "100%" and that bilateral relations would be "better than ever before".


PRESIDENT Donald Trump assured South Korea's acting president on Monday of the United States' "ironclad" commitment to defend the country, agreeing with Seoul to strengthen joint defence capabilities against North Korea.

Mr Trump's assurances came amid anxiety in South Korea...

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