Monday, June 15, 2009
South Korea's president says his country's alliance with the United States is key to resolving North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.
Lee Myung-bak (lee myuhng bahk) commented before he left for Washington for a Tuesday summit with President Barack Obama.
The meeting comes in the wake of North Korea's declaration over the weekend that it would step up its bomb-making atomic program. It also threatened war with any country that tries to stop its ships on the high seas under new sanctions approved by the U.N. Security Council in response to its May 25 nuclear test.
The strong ties between South Korea and the United States are a thorn in the side of North Korea, which accuses the two countries of plotting to attack it and topple its communist regime.
The U.S., which denies any such ambitions, has 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea to protect it from North Korea.