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Burns In South Korea


South Korean Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Ahn Ho-young, right, shakes hands with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns during the South Korea and U.S. strategic consultations in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Jae-hwan,

The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea has never been stronger.

“The alliance between [the United States and the Republic of Korea] has never been stronger,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said recently during an interview in Seoul, on the sidelines of the U.S.-Republic of Korea Strategic Dialogue. “We’ve significantly expanded our alliance into a meaningful global partnership, working together to halt Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear development and coordinating actions to address Iran’s nuclear program.”

The U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance has been a linchpin of security and prosperity in Northeast Asia for many years, regardless of political transitions, because the strategic partnership is based on common values, shared interests, trust, and decades of cooperation.

“We remain firmly committed to stability on the Korean Peninsula and to the defense of the Republic of Korea,” Deputy Secretary Burns said. “We would welcome any meaningful steps by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to meet its international obligations, whether with regard to denuclearization or improving the well-being of its own people.”

The United States and the Republic of Korea also have one of the world’s most vibrant economic relationships.

“The implementation of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement is expected to increase exports by billions of dollars annually for both sides,” Deputy Secretary Burns said. “Our growing economic relationship creates mutual prosperity and supports our strategic commitment in Asia.”

“The world has many challenges,” Deputy Secretary Burns said in conclusion. “We see the Republic of Korea as an important global partner that embraces the responsibilities of leadership in the 21st century.”
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