Remarks With South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
December 6, 2010

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, it’s a great pleasure to welcome Minister Kim here to the State Department. We are very much looking forward to both our bilateral meeting and the trilateral meeting with Japan that will be held this afternoon. We have a great deal to discuss, but we are very committed to our relationship and our alliance with the Republic of Korea. And we are determined on every issue to work through and come to conclusions about the appropriate ways forward.

So Minister Kim, welcome.

FOREIGN MINISTER KIM: I thank you for inviting me to Washington, D.C., and this is my first trip since I came to my minister’s office. And at today’s meeting, I expect to reaffirm our close coordination on North Korean issues, and I also expect to have a good discussion on how to strengthen our strategic alliance, including ratification of KORUS FTA. And I also expect to have a good trilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara and Secretary Clinton. Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Excellent. Thank you, Minister Kim. Thank you all very much. Thank you. Thank you all very much.

PRN: 2010/1750