Remarks Before Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se

John Kerry
Secretary of State
National Convention Center
Vientiane, Laos
July 25, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: Let me just say to my press what a pleasure it is to see Minister Yun Byung-se. The Republic of Korea and the United States obviously have very, very key issues right now, particularly the challenge of the D.P.R.K. and its irresponsible nuclear activities and its weaponization and its challenges to the stability of the region.

So between that and the partnership that we have on other security issues, including counterterrorism on an international basis, I really look forward to this conversation. I’m very grateful to our friends in Korea for their very significant contribution. There’s so many different global issues at this point, including health challenges and other challenges on a global basis. So, thank you (inaudible).

FOREIGN MINISTER YUN: Well, this is the fourth time that Secretary Kerry and I attend this ASEAN-related meeting together. Now we are facing key challenges from North Korea and – as well. So I believe this is the right time for us to send out a very clear and strong message to North Korea that our alliance is stronger, deeper, and broader than ever. So we’ll work together at the (inaudible) meetings.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you. Thank you very much, everybody.