Quick access to main page (top) Direct access to main contents Quick access to main page (bottom)

South Korea’s President Yoon Highlights U.S. Alliance in Hawaii Visit

Daniel Kim Views  

Yonhap News

South President Yoon Suk Yeol visited the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on Tuesday and stated, “A solid alliance defense posture is needed now more than ever, and the role of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in this regard is crucial.”

In a meeting with Admiral Samuel Paparo at the Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Honolulu, Hawaii, Yoon stated, “North Korea’s advancement in nuclear and missile capabilities, along with its ongoing provocations, are undermining the security of the Korean Peninsula and the region,” the presidential office reported.

This is the first time Yoon has visited the Indo-Pacific Command. Previous South Korean presidents, including Chun Doo Hwan in 1981 and Kim Young Sam in 1995, visited the Pacific Command. Still, Yoon is the first to see it since it was reorganized into the Indo-Pacific Command in 2018.

The Indo-Pacific Command is the largest of the six U.S. unified combatant commands (North, South, Indo-Pacific, Europe, Central, and Africa). It is responsible for the broadest area (approximately 100 million square miles, 52% of the Earth’s total surface). It plays a critical role in the security of the Korean Peninsula, including commanding the U.S. Forces Korea.

Yoon awarded Paparo the Tongil Medal of the Order of National Security Merit. The Korean government awarded Paparo the medal for strengthening the alliance’s defense posture during his three-year tenure as the Pacific Fleet Commander.

Afterward, Yoon and Paparo discussed major security issues on the Korean Peninsula and the region before moving to the operations center to listen to the Indo-Pacific Command’s current operations. Yoon expressed his gratitude for the Command’s efforts to maintain the alliance defense posture on the Korean Peninsula and emphasized the need for closer cooperation between South Korean and U.S. military authorities.

Yoon also encouraged the 200-plus soldiers of the Indo-Pacific Command. He said, “The fact that a sitting president is visiting the Indo-Pacific Command after 29 years is to further strengthen the U.S.-Korea alliance and the alliance defense posture amid the serious security situation on the Korean Peninsula. The dedicated efforts of the soldiers are the real power that leads the U.S.-Korea alliance and international solidarity.”

Several high-ranking officials attended the event, including Admiral Samuel Paparo, Indo-Pacific Commander, U.S. Ambassador to Korea Philip Goldberg, U.S. Forces Korea Commander Paul LaCamera, U.S. Army Pacific Commander Charles Flynn, Pacific Air Forces Commander Kevin Schneider, Pacific Fleet Commander Steven Koehler, and Marine Forces Pacific Commander William Jurney.

On the South Korean side, attendees included Cho Tae Yul, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Jang Ho Jin, Chief of the National Security Office; Kang Ho Phil, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Cho Hyun Dong, Ambassador to the U.S.; Lee Seo Young, Consul General in Honolulu; Kim Tae Hyo, First Deputy Director of the National Security Office; Lee Do Woon, Senior Secretary for Public Relations; and Choi Byung Ok, Defense Secretary.

Daniel Kim
content@viewusglobal.com

Comments0

300

Comments0

[LATEST] Latest Stories

  • Armani and Dior Under Investigation for Worker Exploitation in Italy
  • How Microsoft and Google Are Helping China Bypass U.S. Chip Export Controls
  • North Korea Drops Trash Balloons Across the Border for the 8th Time This Year
  • Biden Dropping Out? Pelosi Hints at a Shocking Election Decision
  • 'It's Spreading Rapidly': Alarming New Disease That Has Experts Worried
  • How a Chinese Tycoon Turned Whistleblower Became America's Most Wanted Fraudster

Weekly Best Articles

  • Could We Run Out of Ketchup? California Drought Threatens Tomato Supply
  • 4 Easy Tips to Keep Your Corn Freshness All Summer Long
  • How Regular Sauna Use Can Help Control Menopause Weight Gain
  • 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Peroxide Soda: Safety Tips You Need to Know
  • Passenger Forced to Pay $700 for Reclining His Seat on a Train – Here’s Why
  • 10 Easy Hacks to Prevent Armpit Sweat and Smell
  • Why You’ll Never See Trash at Disneyland: The 30-Foot Rule
  • Hollywood’s Next Big Hits: Top 10 Upcoming Movies You Can’t Miss
  • Barcelona Bumps Up Tourist Tax: Travel Just Got Pricier!
  • Tesla Cybertruck Outsells Ford F-150 Lightning in May
  • First-of-its-Kind Suicide Capsule to be Used in Switzerland
  • South Korea’s Loudspeaker Attack Has North Korea on Edge

You May Also Like

  • 1
    Hollywood's Next Big Hits: Top 10 Upcoming Movies You Can't Miss

    ENTERTAINMENT 

  • 2
    Barcelona Bumps Up Tourist Tax: Travel Just Got Pricier!

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 3
    Tesla Cybertruck Outsells Ford F-150 Lightning in May

    BUSINESS 

  • 4
    First-of-its-Kind Suicide Capsule to be Used in Switzerland

    DEBATE 

  • 5
    South Korea's Loudspeaker Attack Has North Korea on Edge

    ASIA 

Popular Now

  • 1
    Russia Hints at Nuclear Options in Response to U.S. Missile Plans in Germany

    WORLD 

  • 2
    Young Chinese Pay $1,500 to Play War Games in Russia For Fun – Here’s Why

    DEBATE 

  • 3
    Trump's Win Could Spell Disaster for China's Economy

    DEBATE 

  • 4
    They Started as Brothers and Ended Up Sisters — Here’s How

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 5
    Is This the End of Biden’s Run? Top Democrats and Obama Weigh In

    WORLD 

Weekly Best Articles

  • Could We Run Out of Ketchup? California Drought Threatens Tomato Supply
  • 4 Easy Tips to Keep Your Corn Freshness All Summer Long
  • How Regular Sauna Use Can Help Control Menopause Weight Gain
  • 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Peroxide Soda: Safety Tips You Need to Know
  • Passenger Forced to Pay $700 for Reclining His Seat on a Train – Here’s Why
  • 10 Easy Hacks to Prevent Armpit Sweat and Smell
  • Why You’ll Never See Trash at Disneyland: The 30-Foot Rule
  • Hollywood’s Next Big Hits: Top 10 Upcoming Movies You Can’t Miss
  • Barcelona Bumps Up Tourist Tax: Travel Just Got Pricier!
  • Tesla Cybertruck Outsells Ford F-150 Lightning in May
  • First-of-its-Kind Suicide Capsule to be Used in Switzerland
  • South Korea’s Loudspeaker Attack Has North Korea on Edge

Must-Reads

  • 1
    Hollywood's Next Big Hits: Top 10 Upcoming Movies You Can't Miss

    ENTERTAINMENT 

  • 2
    Barcelona Bumps Up Tourist Tax: Travel Just Got Pricier!

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 3
    Tesla Cybertruck Outsells Ford F-150 Lightning in May

    BUSINESS 

  • 4
    First-of-its-Kind Suicide Capsule to be Used in Switzerland

    DEBATE 

  • 5
    South Korea's Loudspeaker Attack Has North Korea on Edge

    ASIA 

Popular Now

  • 1
    Russia Hints at Nuclear Options in Response to U.S. Missile Plans in Germany

    WORLD 

  • 2
    Young Chinese Pay $1,500 to Play War Games in Russia For Fun – Here’s Why

    DEBATE 

  • 3
    Trump's Win Could Spell Disaster for China's Economy

    DEBATE 

  • 4
    They Started as Brothers and Ended Up Sisters — Here’s How

    LIFESTYLE 

  • 5
    Is This the End of Biden’s Run? Top Democrats and Obama Weigh In

    WORLD 

Share it on...