The Republic of Korea’s Independence Day

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
August 14, 2019

On behalf of President Trump and the United States of America, I extend my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea on the occasion of your National Day on August 15.

On this day, we reaffirm the enduring strength of the United States–Republic of Korea alliance, which remains the linchpin of peace and security in Northeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.  Our bilateral partnership continues to thrive based on shared values of freedom and democracy as we work together on many global issues.  It is these shared values and our strong people-to-people ties that allow us to maintain the great friendship between our two nations.

I wish all Koreans a meaningful holiday and look forward to continuing our close partnership in addressing shared interests and challenges in the region and throughout the world.