A fresh diplomatic spat is brewing between South Korea and Japan over the presence of a victim of Japan's wartime sexual slavery at the recent state dinner in Seoul for the visiting U.S. President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, President Moon Jae-in hosted the banquet for Trump and USA officials on a two-day trip to Seoul. The event was aimed at encouraging girls to participate in sports as well as a promotion for the upcoming "2018 Winter Olympics" behind held next February in Pyeongchang.
The first ladies later welcomed a group of schoolchildren who were invited for the day.
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"I was honored by the warm welcome we received in the Republic of Korea", the first lady said in remarks released by the White House. The children had participated in the official welcoming ceremony honoring the USA president and first lady on their first state visit here.
Chocolate-coated dried persimmons made from fruits Kim had personally picked from trees on the grounds of Cheong Wa Dae were served with a locally blended tea labeled "Serene Morning of PyeongChang".
Meanwhile, the police have beefed up security at the US Embassy in Seoul, as well as on roads leading to the Cheong Wa Dae. "She knows she is representing the United States, and wants to be sure she is appropriate in all that she does", communications director Stephanie Grisham said in an interview earlier this week.
"Mrs. Trump always wants to be thoughtful and respect the traditions and protocols of the countries she visits". She added, "I really wanted to tell him this, and regret I wasn't able to".