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President Park meets with American senators

President Park Geun-hye met with U.S. Senators at Cheong Wa Dae on August 26 to discuss Korea-U.S. relations.

President Park talked with Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) about Seoul’s inter-Korean policy and the political situation in Northeast Asia.

President Park Geun-hye (right) shakes hands with Senator John McCain during a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on August 26 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park Geun-hye (right) shakes hands with Senator John McCain during a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on August 26 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).


President Park expressed her gratitude to Senator McCain for supporting South Korea’s stance related to the Korean Peninsula by proposing resolutions in the U.S. Senate. She called for the active support of the two senators in order to strengthen the Korea-U.S. alliance.

Senator McCain supported Seoul and helped the U.S. Senate to pass resolutions related to issues such as the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.

McCain said that President Park’s speech in the U.S. Capitol holds “historic significance” since she is the first female leader elected through a democratic system in Northeast Asia, while expressing his will to closely cooperate on advancing the Korea-U.S. alliance.

President Park also expressed her thanks to Senator McCain for helping the U.S. Senate to pass the immigration reform bill which includes expansion of the annual U.S. visa quota for South Korean professionals, asking for the continued support and interest of the two senators in that regard.

During their visit to Korea, the two senators also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se on the same day to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, the political situation in Northeast Asia, and other pending issues related to Seoul and Washington.

Foreign Minister Yun said Seoul’s consistent North Korean policy principle of the Korean Peninsula trust-building process has helped the two Koreas reach the recent agreement on normalizing operations at Kaesong Industrial Complex, earning the factory site international recognition.

Minister Yun stressed the need to solve key pending issues related to South Korea and the United States, which are also in line with Seoul-Washington ties; he asked for the active cooperation and interest of the two senators in expanding the annual U.S. visa quota for South Korean professionals and revising the bilateral agreement on nuclear power cooperation.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se (right) meets with Senator McCain at MOFA headquarters on August 26 (photo courtesy of MOFA).

Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se (right) meets with Senator McCain at MOFA headquarters on August 26 (photo courtesy of MOFA).


McCain said that he is well aware of the excellence of Korean manpower and will negotiate with his coworkers to expand the visa quota, and make efforts to help speed up the expansion of the nuclear power cooperation agreement in the U.S. Congress.

By Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writer
arete@korea.kr

President Park (right) shakes hands with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park (right) shakes hands with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).


President Park (left) talks with Senators John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse at Cheong Wa Dae on August 26 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park (left) talks with Senators John McCain and Sheldon Whitehouse at Cheong Wa Dae on August 26 (photo: Cheong Wa Dae).


Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se (right) talks with Senators McCain and Whitehouse at the ministry headquarters on August 26 (photo courtesy of MOFA).

Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se (right) talks with Senators McCain and Whitehouse at the ministry headquarters on August 26 (photo courtesy of MOFA).


Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (center) poses for a photo with Senators McCain and Whitehouse (photo courtesy of MOFA).

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (center) poses for a photo with Senators McCain and Whitehouse (photo courtesy of MOFA).

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