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Presidents of South Korea, U.S. discuss "new trade deal" over Bibimbap dinner at White House Updated: 2017-06-30 19:59:46 KST

No drama, no buzz. Just a nice handshake and pleasantries.
The very first meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump - perhaps to the disappointment of many who had hoped to see some sort of a drama play out before global audience - couldn't have been any smoother.

Before the closed-to-the-media dinner, the U.S. president anticipated an engaging discussion with his South Korean counterpart.

"Discussing with our people, some of the complexities of North Korea, trade, and other things, and we will be discussing them all, as we progress, it could be very well late-(in this) evening, we very much respect you and we very much respect the people of South Korea."

Over a nicely prepared course meal and definitely carefully selected menu - the main dish of the evening being Korean traditional dish, Bibimbap made with South Carolina-produced long grains - the two leaders agreed to together establish peace on the Korean peninsula and achieve economic prosperity based on steadfast South Korea, U.S. alliance.


"The two leaders held constructive discussions on various issues surrounding the Korean peninsula. The talks were frank, candid, and serious all the way through but I would like to ask for your understanding as I cannot disclose the details based on an agreement between the two countries."

The senior Blue House official added that President Moon told his U.S. counterpart that "if President Trump resolves North Korea's nuclear problem, it would be a great success that no other U.S. president has ever been able to do before, and Mr. Trump would become a great president."

Meanwhile, minutes after saying good night to South Korea's first couple, President Trump tweeted that he had just wrapped up a good meeting with South Korean president and that the two discussed many things including North Korea and a *new trade deal.
When asked about this *new trade deal, Mr. Moon's press team avoided giving a clear answer alluding to a possible announcement by the two leaders after their official bilateral summit Friday morning.

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"As they say you grow fond eating together. Wine and dine. Those things, the two presidents did today and on the eve of the first bilateral summit between the two leaders, the mood here isn't bad at all.
Reporting from the U.S capital, Moon Connyoung, Arirang News."
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