Special Lecture

[U.S.-Korea Relations Symposium] keynote address by Ambassador John Negroponte

U.S.-Korea Relations Symposium on “US-Korea Relations under the New US and ROK Administrations

Wednesday, July 19, 201715:00-17:00
KFAS Conference Hall

On July 19, 2017, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies invited the delegation from The Korea Society to host a U.S.-Korea relations symposium titled “US-Korea Relations under the New US and ROK Administrations.” From the US side, former Deputy Secretary of State and Ambassador John Negroponte, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea Thomas Hubbard, and President Thomas Byrne of The Korea Society joined the symposium. From the Korean side, Professor Kim Sung-han of Korea University and Professor Ahn Dukgeun of Seoul National University participated as discussants.

The symposium began with a keynote address by Ambassador John Negroponte. Noting that the Trump administration’s attitudes towards North Korea seem to have “normalized,” Ambassador Negroponte pointed out that the recent summit between President Moon Jae-in and President Trump reaffirmed the significance of the U.S.-ROK alliance. He argued that the alliance has remained and remains staunch, first “battle-tested” and now “paramount” in addressing security threats such as the North Korean nuclear issue. Emphasizing that “the greatest asset” in addressing such issues is the “faith and friendship” between one another, Ambassador Negroponte called for a solution that involves all key regional interests, and to work through diplomacy. He concluded by noting that the U.S.-ROK alliance must continue to maintain the “most determined posture” and expend the “most audacious efforts to peacefully resolve…the most pressing security challenge of our time.”

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