S. Korea delivers Trump's birthday message to N. Korean leader
Updated: 2020-01-11 10:28:48 KST
South Korea has delivered to the North President Trump's message wishing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a happy birthday.
This is according to South Korea's national security advisor, Chung Eui-yong, upon his arrival from Washington on Friday.
"The day President Trump and I met (Wednesday) happened to be Chairman Kim's birthday. President Trump remembered that and asked President Moon to deliver a birthday message. I understand that the message was sent to North Korea yesterday through an appropriate channel."
During his three-day visit to Washington, Chung held a brief, surprise meeting with President Trump, in which Trump also sent his regards to President Moon Jae-in.
The birthday wishes for Kim come amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyeongyang, which has threatened to take what it calls "shocking" action against the U.S.
It's unclear what else was included in Trump's message, but the big question is whether it will help the leaders regain trust and find a way to steer the long-stalled negotiations into a different direction.
Chung also held trialteral talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts to discuss various regional issues.
He says those talks were "very meaningful."
"We were thoroughly briefed by the U.S. not only on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, but also developments in other regions. The three countries coordinated closely, especially on ways to achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula."
Regarding the possibility of South Korea sending troops to the Strait of Hormuz
Chung said there was no direct mention of the issue.
He said the South Korean government is still reviewing its options, considering the best way to protect Korean citizens and companies, while contributing to international efforts to ensure the region's security.