The president of South Korea will visit the US on a state visit next month, according to the White House. A major anniversary for both nations is commemorated by the event.
Also, it is meant to convey the idea that the US would stand behind its allies regardless of outside pressure.
Yoon Suk Yeol, the president of South Korea, and his wife Kim Keon Hee will visit the United States on April 26, according to a statement made by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on March 7. The White House will host a state banquet in their honor.
Although the anniversary of the signing of the 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty is on October 1, the visit is meant to commemorate the alliance between the US and South Korea’s 70th year of existence.
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Word that the two nations were going to formalize their alliance is credited with convincing North Korea and China to put an end to the Korean War, which claimed the lives of more than five million people.
Since the treaty’s signing, the US has maintained the security of South Korea by stationing the Eighth Army and Seventh Air Force there. In exchange, South Korea dispatched soldiers to support the American Army in the Vietnam War. Some of the South Koreans who were summoned to serve in the military today are still working for the US government as part of the KATUSA program.
According to Jean-Pierre, President Yoon’s visit would highlight the “importance and enduring strength” of the US-South Korean partnership. This is crucial right now as North Korea keeps developing and testing nuclear weapons and the missiles that will deliver them.
Some of those missiles can now reach the US mainland, and a robust US presence in South Korea not only shields that nation from its hostile neighbor but also serves to deter the rogue regime in Pyongyang from attacking the US by making it clear that a US force is present in the area and prepared to respond if they do.