The Republic of Korea's Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 13, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to offer heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea on the anniversary of your independence.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence. Since that time, the Republic of Korea and the United States have forged a strong and enduring partnership that rests on the twin foundations of our security alliance and robust economic relationship, both of which have contributed to stability and prosperity in the region. The Korean and American people have built a lasting friendship bonded not only by our vibrant people-to-people ties, but also by our shared values and commitment to many global priorities, including international development, human rights, and responsible stewardship of our planet’s resources.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Republic of Korea again in May, and a highlight of my time there was speaking to students at Korea University. They reminded me of the importance of education in Korean culture, and that teachers and professors in your country are known as “nation builders.” Over the past 70 years the Republic of Korea’s development and prosperity has truly been built on the education of its people.

The United States is proud to stand together with Korea as you celebrate your country’s independence today. I wish all Koreans around the world a joyous Independence Day and look forward to many more years of deep friendship between our two countries.