Hill slams Trump administration over handling of N.K. threat

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- A former senior U.S. diplomat slammed the Donald Trump administration Wednesday for what he called a lack of recognition of the South Korea-U.S. alliance in the face of North Korea's growing nuclear threat.

Christopher Hill, who served in the 2000s as Washington's chief envoy to the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, said he would like to see a greater commitment from the administration toward the alliance.

"This is not about a series of transactions. This is about a relationship that has served us well, and served the Republic of Korea well," he said during a forum on the North Korean threat, referring to South Korea by its official name.

If Washington can provide such reassurances to Seoul, "that gives us more scope to really go after the North Koreans," Hill said.

Trump has often linked security cooperation with trade issues. He has pressured South Korea to address its trade surplus with the U.S. and shoulder a larger burden of the cost of stationing American troops there.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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