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Kim lends backing to U.S. apartments

President Kim Dae-jung said Wednesday that the government should help the United States Forces Korea on issues associated with their living environment. He spoke at a luncheon with major military commanding officers at the Blue House.

"That is a courtesy for the guests and it will benefit national interests," Mr. Kim said. Political watchers interpreted the remark as showing Seoul's intention to support the United States Forces Korea in the controversial projects of building apartments at military bases in Seoul and Daegu.

"We should strengthen national defense through maintaining a coalition with the United States," Mr. Kim said. "The United States Forces Korea should remain stationed in the Korean Peninsula even after reunification."

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