Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun’s Visit to Seoul

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun’s Visit to Seoul

Washington, DC (STL.News) Press Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

During his July 7-9 visit to Seoul, Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun met with ROK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Blue House Director of the National Security Office Suh Hoon, Second Deputy Director of the National Security Office Kim Hyun-chong, First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young, and Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon. In his meetings, Deputy Secretary Biegun reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, U.S. support for inter-Korean cooperation, and continued U.S. readiness to engage in dialogue with the DPRK.  Deputy Secretary Biegun commended the ROK for serving as a model in COVID-19 response while upholding democratic values.  Deputy Secretary Biegun also discussed security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, including collaboration among like-minded countries and countering efforts by those who seek to undermine good governance and the rules-based international order.

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