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After winning the US presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump has tried to reassure allies in Northeast Asia that are apprehensive at the possibility he may follow through on the radical policy changes he suggested during the campaign.
Trump caused consternation during his campaign when he threatened to withdraw the troops unless Seoul paid more for their upkeep, and suggested South Korea and Japan develop their own nuclear weapons to counter threats from Pyongyang. There are about 28,500 USA troops based in South Korea in combined defence against North Korea.
South Korea was assured of a "steadfast and strong" alliance with the United States by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in a phone conversation with President Park Geun-hye Thursday.
"I would like to congratulate Trump on his election, and hope this will be an opportunity for the development of the ties between South Korea and the United States", he said.
The call came one day after panic broke out in South Korea over Election Day results in the U.S. Financial markets underwent chaos over Trump's surprise victory and Seoul scrambled together an emergency meeting of its national security council to determine how the country would deal with Trump's presidency.
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South Korea's Foreign Minister, Yun Byung-se, said he believes the Trump administration will largely stay the course on USA policy toward North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly visited a military unit his visit coming around the time of the USA presidential elections. South Korean defence officials have said the North doesn't yet have such a weapon.
He has consistently emphasized a will to consider withdrawing USA troops from the region.
The Australian said he was confident Trump will maintain U.S. influence in the Asia Pacific region calling it "manifestly in America's national interest" to do so.
South Korea's Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said on Thursday the country has paid for its share of the cost of maintaining the US military and the contribution has been recognized by the USA government and Congress.
USA citizens traveling in the East Asian country also face a heightened risk of long-term arrest or detainment. Ross said. "We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation".