President Yoon and First Lady Kim attend state dinner for the 70th anniversary of the ROK-US alliance
President Yoon and First Lady Kim attended the state dinner hosted by U.S. President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for the 70th anniversary of the ROK-US alliance on April 26. The dinner was attended by more than 200 people, including Korean War veterans, current and former members of the administration, and members of the Congress, and renowned figures of business, academic, and cultural worlds. In his dinner speech, Biden said he was pleased to invite Yoon and Kim as state guests on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the ROK-U.S. alliance and expressed his appreciation for the consultation to further develop the ROK-U.S. alliance through the summit. In his reply speech, Yoon said, “The sacrifices and actions of those who have sustained the U.S.-ROK Alliance for the past 70 years have come together to form a powerful alliance.
The seeds of the ROK-U.S. Alliance, which emerged from the ruins of war, have grown faithfully over the past 70 years and formed a dense forest, and the ROK-U.S. Alliance has always been the foundation of Korea's economic growth and democracy. The Alliance will continue to fulfill its roles and responsibilities to ensure the security and prosperity of the United States and the Republic of Korea and contribute to world peace and security. Friendship is like a four-leaf clover, so it's hard to find, but you're lucky to have it. Today will be remembered as a historic day when the four-leaf clover of the alliance extends new roots beyond the glory of the past 70 years.” During the dinner with Jill Biden, Mrs. Kim talked about the environment, protection of the socially disadvantaged, culture, art, and education, strengthening friendship and trust in each other. After the dinner, with the accompaniment of the White House Marine Corps Band, famous American musical singers Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, and Jessica Bosque sang Broadway musicals, and the trio sang "American Pie," President Yoon's school anthem. President Biden concluded the dinner by saying that the U.S.-ROK alliance is the strongest alliance and that the Republic of Korea is the most capable ally.
Yoon makes speech at the U.S. Congress
Yoon made a speech at the U.S. Congress on April 27. In his speech, Yoon reflected on the 70-year history of the alliance based on the values of liberal democracy, the rule of law, and human rights, and laid out a blueprint for the future alliance that the two countries will pursue together. In his approximately 44-minute speech in English, titled Alliance of Freedom, Alliance in Action, he reflected on the inauguration of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, which began as they fought together to defend liberal democracy on the Korean Peninsula, and expressed deep gratitude for the sacrifices and dedication of the veterans who came forward to serve Korea in desperation. He remembered the late Colonel William Weber, who dedicated the rest of his life to honoring the noble sacrifice of the June 25 veterans after losing his right arm and leg during the Korean War, and specially invited his granddaughter, Dane Weber, to pay tribute to the deceased's dedication. He also called out all four former U.S. congressmen, now deceased or retired Korean War veterans, and said he would remember all the American heroes who defended the freedom of the Republic of Korea. He said that the United States has been with Korea until today, and that Korea has become the only country that has grown from a country receiving help to a country providing help. On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the Korean migration to the United States this year, he said that Koreans from all walks of life in the United States have served as a bridge of friendship between the two countries, and introduced Congressmen Young Kim, Andy Kim, Michelle Steele, and Marilyn Strickland, who serve in Congress, as living witnesses of the ROK-U.S. Alliance. He emphasized that the united will of the two countries is important to reliably deter North Korea's reckless behavior, and that trilateral security cooperation between the United States and Japan should be further accelerated. He said he would respond decisively to North Korean provocations but keep the door open for dialogue for denuclearization. He said that the ROK-U.S. alliance, forged on universal values, will extend beyond diplomacy and security to high-tech, space, and cyberspace, and asked the Congress to join him on a new journey toward the future of the two countries. More than 500 members of the Congress applauded 60 times and gave 26 standing ovations throughout the speech.and veterans."
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