Rep. Kelly Co-Sponsors Resolution Honoring 60th Anniversary of US-Korea Alliance

May 7, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives honoring the 60th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Korea. Rep. Kelly is the lead Republican co-sponsor of the resolution, which was introduced yesterday evening by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY).

“For 60 years, the United States and Korea have stood shoulder to shoulder in defense of peace and freedom in the Korean Peninsula, and for 60 years, the Republic of Korea has survived and flourished. Simply put, our alliance keeps ablaze the flame of liberty in the shadow of tyranny. The strength of our bond is rooted in our shared devotion to the democratic principles which define us as a nation and has benefited the security and prosperity of both of our nations tremendously. More than a partner, Korea is our friend, and more than ever our friendship must be upheld, enriched, and celebrated. No matter how much time passes or what challenges arise, the United States will always meet its moral duty to support the Republic of Korea and I am proud and honored to contribute to that tradition.”

NOTE: The resolution, H. Res. 200, introduced on Monday, May 6, 2013, “affirms the unyielding support of the people of the United States for a secure Republic of Korea through its commitment to the Mutual Defense Treaty and other measures to deter North Korean aggression and provocation.” It also congratulates President Park Geun-Hye on her historic election to the Korean presidency and welcomes her to Washington, D.C., where she will deliver an address to a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.