STATEMENTS AND RELEASES
Vice President Kamala Harris today met with Prime Minister Han Duck-soo of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Tokyo, Japan. The Vice President underscored that the U.S.-ROK Alliance remains the linchpin of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. She affirmed the United States’ commitment to our defense relationship and welcomed steps to broaden the alliance to take on the defining challenges of our time. They condemned the recent ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and pledged to work together to address the threats posed by DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs. The Vice President and Prime Minister discussed our shared work to address the climate crisis, including the historic investments made in clean energy under the Inflation Reduction Act. The Vice President underscored that she understood the ROK’s concerns regarding the Act’s tax incentives for electric vehicles, and they pledged to continue to consult as the law is implemented. The Vice President and Prime Minister also discussed strengthening our economic partnership, particularly on advanced technology and semiconductors and through space cooperation.