Moon says South Korea-US alliance key to recent steps to denuclearise peninsula

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in credited the deterrent provided by the US-South Korea alliance for the Korean peninsula’s recent steps towards denuclearisation.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in credited the deterrent provided by the US-South Korea alliance for the Korean peninsula’s recent steps towards denuclearisation. PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Friday (June 29) that recent steps towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula were only possible due to the deterrent provided by the US-South Korea alliance, and preparations made in tandem to engage North Korea diplomatically.

"The successful summits, between the two Koreas and between North Korea and United States, steps toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and permanent peace were only possible with the support of the deterrent and the preparatory stance of the South Korea-U.S. alliance," Moon said.

Moon's comment was made in a letter sent to commemorate the opening ceremony of the United Nations Command and US Forces Korea's new headquarters building at US Army Garrison Humphreys south of Seoul.