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(LEAD) FM meets U.S. senators, discusses alliance issues

Defense 18:08 June 04, 2021

(ATTN: ADDS senators' meeting with defense chief in last 2 paras, photo)

SEOUL, June 4 (Yonhap) -- Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong on Friday met with three visiting U.S. senators and discussed bilateral and alliance issues, the foreign ministry said.

During the meeting at Chung's official residence, the senators -- Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Dan Sullivan (R-AL) -- said that last month's summit between President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden demonstrated the alliance and global cooperation partnership between the two countries, according to the ministry.

They also reaffirmed continued congressional support for the development of the alliance, the ministry said.

Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong (3rd from L) poses for a photo with (L to R) U.S. Senators Chris Coons, Tammy Duckworth and Dan Sullivan, who are visiting South Korea for talks with parliamentary and other officials here, during a meeting at Chung's official residence on June 4, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Chung told the senators that the leaders' summit has helped cement the alliance into one that is "comprehensive, constructive and mutually beneficial."

He asked for the continued congressional support for Seoul's peace efforts with North Korea.

The minister also asked for their keen attention on South Korean businesses in America and support for expanding the visa quotas for South Korean professionals, the ministry said.

Later in the day, Defense Minister Suh Wook also met with the senators and discussed ways to cooperate for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of a permanent peace, according to the defense ministry.

Suh said the Korea-U.S.alliance and the combined defense posture are stronger than ever before, and expressed gratitude for the congressional support and the senators vowed continued backing for peninsula peace and the alliance, the ministry said.

This photo provided by the defense ministry shows a meeting between Defense Minister Suh Wook and U.S. senators in Seoul on June 4, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



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