By Yi Whan-woo
The U.S. request for Korea to join a naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz has emerged as a new test of the two countries alliance on top of other issues, such as negotiations over the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) that covers defense cost-sharing for U.S, troops stationed here.
In a rare move, the White House disclosed Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump had met with Chung Eui-yong, chief of the presidential National Security Office (NSO). The spontaneous meeting between Trump and Chung, which took place while the latter was in Washington for a trilateral security meeting, seems to show the U.S. leader’s keen interest in bilateral issues.
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