President Trump reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to its alliance with South Korea via a phone call with acting South Korean President, Hwang Kyo-ahn, over the weekend.

Tensions in the region are high as a result of continued Chinese military expansion in the South China Sea, and in what amounts to a more direct threat to South Korea, Kim Jong Un’s persistent efforts to develop nuclear weapons in their neighbor to the north.

The South Korean government quoted President Trump in a statement saying he assured the South Korean people who America would support the allied nation “100%.”  Along the campaign trail, Trump left many questioning whether or not South Korea could rely on American support, when he suggested that the Asian nation was not paying enough to make keeping the near 30,000 American troops stationed there logical.

“President Trump reiterated our ironclad commitment to defend the R.O.K., including through the provision of extended deterrence, using the full range of military capabilities,” an official statement from the White House said of their telephone conversation.