South Korean leader meets with Gov. Brown, Mayor Villaraigosa

LOS ANGELES - South Korea's President Park Geun-hye ended her first U.S. trip with a toast with California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to future trade and tourism between the two allies.

Park received a standing ovation from guests who gathered Thursday under a white canopy tent set up on the broad lawn behind the mayor's official residence, Getty House.

Referring to the six-decade relationship between the two nations, she said when her country succeeds, so does the U.S.

She raised a toast to an "ever more successful alliance."

Park told Congress on Wednesday that she will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. There was no mention of North Korea at the lunch, although Brown says ties between democracies must be kept strong in a turbulent world.

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