Rep. Kelly Statement on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s Visit to Congress

May 8, 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 in honor of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s visit to Washington, D.C. and her address to a joint meeting of Congress.

“Today I had the enormous pleasure of listening to President Park’s inspirational message of friendship and unity to not only the United States Congress but to all of America. As the dictatorship of North Korea grows more menacing, the friendship between the United States and the Republic of Korea only grows stronger. President Park’s address today – marking 60 years of US-Korean solidarity – is the latest testament to our nations’ unending bond.

“President Park’s relatively short time in office has been marked by great tension and unpredictability in the Korean Peninsula. I sincerely admire and commend her for the resolve she has demonstrated to her citizens and to the global community during these trying times. As her address made clear, the alliance between our nations is based above all upon our common commitment to the ideals which uphold civilization and will never be shaken.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is the lead Republican co-sponsor of H. Res. 200, a bipartisan resolution introduced on Monday, May 6, 2013, honoring the 60th anniversary of the US-Korea alliance. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), “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 South Korean presidency in February and formally welcomes her to Washington, D.C.”