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Washington, DC – Today,U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-40), who serves as Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific,introduced a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the United States support for South Korea as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the US-ROK alliance and Republic of Korea president Yoon Suk-Yeol visits Washington. 

Rep. Kim joined House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Ranking Member Gregory Meeks (NY-05), House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific Ranking Member Ami Bera (CA-06), and Reps. Grace Meng (NY-06), Michelle Steel (CA-45), Andy Kim (NJ-03), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), and Buddy Carter (GA-01) to introduce this resolution. A Senate companion was introduced by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), James Risch (R-ID), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Bill Hagerty (R-TN).

The US-ROK alliance is based on our shared values of freedom and democracy and has become a vital economic and security partnership that is more important than ever as we see rising threats in the Indo-Pacific region. I met with President Yoon Suk-Yeol during a recent trip to South Korea and will reaffirm our shared goals during his visit to the United States this week,” said Rep. Young Kim, Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Indo-Pacific. “As a Korean American who grew up in South Korea in the aftermath of the Korean War, representative of a vibrant Korean American community, and Chairwoman of the Indo-Pacific Subcommittee, supporting the US-ROK alliance is personal to me and my work in Congress. I am proud to join a bipartisan, bicameral delegation to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the US-ROK alliance and look forward to working to strengthening our partnership for years to come.” 

The resolution:    

  • Welcomes South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to the United States;   
  • Reaffirms the importance of the United States-Republic of Korea relationship as the linchpin to safeguarding peace, security, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific;   
  • Reaffirms the United States’ extended deterrence commitments to the Republic of Korea;   

  • Supports ongoing efforts to further strengthen, broaden, and deepen the ironclad United States-Republic of Korea alliance;   

  • Calls for continued cooperation between the governments of the United States and the Republic of Korea in the promotion of human rights;   

  • Supports the Republic of Korea’s engagement in regional diplomacy;   

  • Endorses further Republic of Korea engagement with the Quad initiatives, particularly in the Quad Climate Working Group;   

  • Calls for close coordination to achieve the denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the establishment of a permanent and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula;   

  • Encourages close cooperation among the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan; and, 

  • Recognizes the deep partnership forged over 70 years since the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty that has provided security for both countries, established a durable trust, undergirded the rules-based-order in the Indo-Pacific, and demonstrated the benefits of robust democracies on both sides of the Pacific.   

Read the resolution HERE. 

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