National security staff head US delegation to South Korean president's inauguration

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“I would add to that that in his calls with Foreign Minister Kim [Sung-Hwan] of Korea and Foreign Minister [Fumio] Kishida of Japan,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday, “Secretary [of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryShould President Trump, like President Obama, forsake human rights in pursuit of the deal with a tyrant? GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran MORE] reaffirmed our defense commitments to the R.O.K. and Japan, which, as you know, include the security provided by our extended deterrence commitments, including our nuclear umbrella and our conventional forces.”

The daughter of assassinated Korean strongman Park Chung-hee, Park Geun-hye was elected in December. She will be South Korea's first female president.