THE U.S. AND THE TWO KOREAS

Obama: U.S. Commitment to South Korea “Will Never Waver”.  By Stephen Kaufman, DOS Staff Writer | 13 October 2011

 Washington — President Obama reaffirmed the strong alliance between the United States and South Korea and said both countries are “entirely united” in their efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. (…)

“The commitment of the United States to the defense and security of the Republic of Korea will never waver. And as we have for decades, the United States will maintain our strong presence in the Asia-Pacific, which is a foundation for security and prosperity in Asia in the 21st century,” Obama said.

The president said North Korea “continues to pose a direct threat to the security of both our nations,” and that its leadership faces a clear choice.

Congress Approves U.S.-Korea Free-Trade Agreement. DOS IIP Digital

The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approves a long-delayed free-trade agreement with South Korea that is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs and expand economic growth for the two trading partners. (…)The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement was signed June 30, 2007, during the administration of President George W. Bush. Action was delayed on the trade measure as Congress raised concerns about the impact of the trade accords on American workers and the potential loss of jobs overseas. It is the largest pact of its kind for the United States since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Achievements, Celebration and Homework: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s State Visit to the United States. Brookings Institution. Sang Yoon Ma. October 2011.

As South Korean President Lee Myung-bak begins his state visit to the United States, Sang-Yoon Ma notes that the U.S. and Republic of Korea have much to celebrate, but that there is also room for improvement in the relationship. Ma suggests that one area of improvement could be enhancing civil society interaction between the two democracies.

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