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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the 8th Annual CSIS Republic of Korea–United States Strategic Forum

In his address at the 8th Annual CSIS Republic of Korea–United States Strategic Forum, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken underscored the enduring strength and significance of the US–Korea relationship as it approaches 70 years since the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty. The Secretary highlighted the deepening of the alliance, emphasizing the commitment to mutual defense, especially in the face of North Korea’s provocative actions and its growing cooperation with Russia. He also discussed the strengthening economic partnership between the two countries, with significant investments and collaborative initiatives driving innovation and sustainable growth in the Indo-Pacific region. Additionally, Secretary Blinken noted the evolving trilateral cooperation between the United States, Korea, and Japan in addressing regional challenges, such as North Korean nuclear threats and cyber activities. He emphasized the commitment to a rules-based order, including freedom of navigation, and the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. The address concluded with a recognition of Korea’s increasing global leadership and the shared ambition of the United States and Korea for a long-lasting and beneficial partnership.

PHOTO BY: Dr. Ernest Gunasekara-Rockwell
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