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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Visits Republic of Korea

August 2, 2016
Press Release
Reaffirms U.S.–Korea Alliance

Seoul – This week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) traveled to the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) to meet with key officials, visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and discuss how to promote Connecticut businesses and exports. Upon arrival, Larson held a courtesy call with Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to Korea and discuss strengthening and expanding the alliance.

"Given the destabilizing effects of North Korea, the U.S.– ROK alliance is more important than ever,” said Larson. “I was pleased to accept Minister Yun’s invitation to meet today and confirm that the United States remains committed to a strong alliance between our two nations. This is a mutually beneficial relationship growing more important by the day as we move beyond the Korean Peninsula to a global partnership. Korea stands with us as we tackle climate change and global development, just as they have stood with us in each of the recent conflicts we have faced. We must continue to be steadfast in our resolve. The United States Congress will continue to support this alliance in a bipartisan manner.”

Larson is visiting Korea at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry. Throughout the week, he will engage in dialogue with senior Korean officials. Additionally, Larson will join Connecticut business leaders on a Department of Commerce trade initiative to promote Connecticut exports to Korea.