South Korea’s administration on Thursday tried to correct President Trump, publicly declaring it was never some portion of China.
“It’s a clear fact acknowledged by the international community that, for thousands of years of history, Korea has never been part of China,” foreign ministry spokesman Cho June Hyuck said Thursday in Seoul, as indicated by Bloomberg News.
Trump said a week ago that Chinese President Xi Jinping let him know amid their current meeting that Korea wasonce part of China.
“[Xi] Then went into the history of China and Korea,” he recounted to the Wall Street Journal. “And you know, you’re talking about thousands of years … and many wars. And Korea actually used to be a part of China.”
Trump’s comments have turned into an issue in South Korea’s presidential decision in front of a May 9 vote.
“This is clearly a distortion of history and an invasion of the Republic of Korea’s sovereignty,” conservative Liberal Korea Party competitor Hong Joon Pyo said through a representative.
A representative for Moon Jae In, a Democratic Party of Korea competitor, requested the full setting of Xi’s comments.
Ahn Cheol Soo’s People Party said it would be deplorable, assuming valid, for China to bend history amid global diplomacy. Trump and Xi met in Florida not long ago to examine global issues, including North Korea.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are ascending after the confrontational country’s fizzled rocket dispatch a week ago.
Trump has over and over asked China to weight North Korea into consummation its quest for nuclear weapons.