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Trump to Continue Obama Policy of Japan-South Korea Alliance

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In President Donald Trump's talks with South Korea's just-elected President Moon Jae-In, an administration source told Newsmax on Wednesday, he plans to pursue his predecessor's policy of cooperation between Japan and South Korea.

Acknowledging Trump's good personal relationship with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and scheduled dinner with President and Mrs. Moon on Wednesday evening, the source told us "I wouldn't be surprised if all three sit down" in the near future.

Because of an historical animosity that has existed since Japan occupied what was then a united Korea during World War II, the governments in Tokyo and Seoul have always had a tension between them. Issues ranging from an apology by Japan for its wartime action, to visits by Japanese politicians to the Yasukune Shrine (which includes the remains of past leaders judged as war criminals) have caused an uproar in South Korea.

Recognizing this, former President Barack Obama nonetheless arranged meetings with Abe and Moon's predecessor, former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. In March of 2016, for example, the trio met at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

"[Trump] would see the advantages" of the three countries working together, according to the source, and, as they have "overarching goals" related to North Korea, "all three are important in a cooperative relationship."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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In President Donald Trump's talks with South Korea's just-elected President Moon Jae-In, an administration source told Newsmax on Wednesday, he plans to pursue his predecessor's policy of cooperation between Japan and South Korea.
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