During a state visit to the United States, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol highlighted the “stronger than ever alliance” between Seoul and Washington at a joint meeting of Congress. The visit comes at a time of tensions with North Korea and other global challenges and is aimed at deterring Pyongyang’s nuclear threat. Yoon stressed that the alliance between the two countries was formed 70 years ago to defend Korea’s freedom but has now become a global alliance to safeguard freedom and peace around the world.
In his speech on Capitol Hill, Yoon celebrated the ties between the two countries and said the alliance is now stronger than ever. He also met with President Biden, and both leaders warned North Korea that it would face a nuclear response that would spell its “end” if Pyongyang used its arsenal.
Yoon pledged to work for North Korea’s denuclearization and advocated greater trilateral security cooperation between Korea, the United States, and Japan to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear threat. She also stressed the importance of raising global awareness of the human rights situation in North Korea and promoting freedom for North Koreans.
Yoon’s visit is the third by a foreign ruler to a joint meeting of Congress since Joe Biden took office. The visit underscores the great importance and significance of the relationship between the two allies and their shared commitment to address global challenges, including the North Korean nuclear threat.
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