(Photo Gallery) Busan Consul Speaks at “Knowledge Up” Seminar in Ulsan

On October 16, Busan Consul Daniel Gedacht spoke to 200 civil servants from the Ulsan City Government to discuss the U.S. – ROK relationship and the importance of integrity in public service.  Invited by the city’s Department of HR and Education as the featured speaker at this year’s Ulsan Power Knowledge Up Seminar (held annually …

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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Congressional Chiefs of Staff Visit Busan

On October 10, a delegation of eight Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. House of representatives visited Busan for two days as part of Congressional Study Group on Korea which was organized by the Former Members of Congress to facilitate dialogues between Senior Congressional Staff and their counterparts in Korea. Consulate Busan assisted discussions and …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Joins the German Flag-Raising Ceremony at the UNMCK

On October 8, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht took part in the raising of the German flag at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  The Korean government recently included Germany in the list of countries that provided medical support during the Korean War, and the UNMCK Commission added the German Flag to the Symbolic …

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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Consulate Busan Supports Korea-Japan English Language Startup Pitch Contest

U.S. Consulate Busan co-sponsored the Korea-Japan English Language Startup Pitch Contest, which was held for the first time at Fukuoka American Center in Japan on September 20th. While Korea-Japan relations have been frozen over the trade restrictions against each other, university-based startups from Busan and Fukuoka gathered to exchange their business ideas. Working with U.S. …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Celebrates Opening of Korea’s First Ronald McDonald House

On September 17, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a congratulatory speech and cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Republic of Korea’s first Ronald McDonald House with 100 dignitaries at Pusan National University’s Yangsan Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families of seriously ill or injured children facing long-term hospitalization.  President …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Cuts Ribbon At Bokcheon Museum

On September 9th, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht attended the opening ceremony of a special exhibition, ‘The Living History of the People in Bokcheon-Dong, 1600 years Ago’ to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the excavation of ancient tombs in Bokcheon-dong, Busan.  Director Lee Hae-ryeon showed Consul around the special exhibition and explained about the history of …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Brandon Peoples and Dave Lewis of KMAN

Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. September 6, 2019 […] SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, when we came into office, you’ll recall the previous administration had a very different approach to foreign policy.  They called it “leading from behind.”  They, too often, apologized for America, and our team will never do that.  President Trump …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Alec Gartner of KSNT-TV NBC 27 Topeka

Interview Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Manhattan, Kansas September 6, 2019 […] QUESTION:  Is there a timeframe or a crunch of any sort that you feel or you just want to get it done? SECRETARY POMPEO:  Get it done as quickly – on every mission, whether it’s  North Korea or the work that we’re …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Lily Wu of KAKE-TV ABC 4 Wichita

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Manhattan, Kansas September 6, 2019 […] QUESTION:  So what’s keeping U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo up at night, whether in Eastern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere, or Middle East right now? SECRETARY POMPEO:  So we’re working lots of opportunities.  We’re trying to convince Chairman Kim to complete the promise that …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gives Special Lecture to Kyungsung University Overseas Employment Trainees

On August 30, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture at Kyungsung University on corporate culture and life in the U.S. to 40 students who are overseas employment trainees through K-Move, a state-run program to connect young Koreans to quality jobs abroad. He emphasized not to be afraid to take risks and fail as …

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(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Karl Trunk Visits Gimhae International Airport and Gangdong Hospital in Busan

On August 2, Acting Consul Karl Trunk met with CEO Chung Duck-kyo, Gimhae International Airport, to discuss emergency preparedness and support for passengers with special needs.  Consul Trunk was also given a brief tour of the airport’s Operations Center and the Rescue and Fire Fighting Center.  On the same day, Consul Trunk visited Busan’s Gangdong …

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(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Ronald G. Lay Attends Wreath Laying Ceremony and Delivers Words of Appreciation to Commemorate UN Forces

On July 27, Information Management Officer and the Acting Consul in Busan, Ronald G. Lay represented the U.S. Mission at the solemn wreath laying ceremony held at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) in a Commemoration Ceremony honoring the sacrifices and contributions of nearly 2million U.N. soldiers from 22 countries including the United …

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(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson Represents the U.S. Mission Korea at the 2019 Daegu Chimac Festival

On July 17, Political Officer and the Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson represented the U.S. Mission Korea at the 2019 Daegu Chimac Festival.  Consul Peterson, left, and Daegu Mayor Kwon Young Jin, right, toasted to the success of the 2019 Daegu Chimac (chicken + beer) Festival.

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(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson Leads A Toast at the 130th Anniversary of the Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

On July 16, Political Officer and the Acting Consul Brian R. Peterson attended a commemorating ceremony of the 130th anniversary of the Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).  Consul Peterson was invited to the stage and delivered a congratulatory toast.  BCCI started in 1889 as the first Chamber of Commerce in Korea to protect …

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(Photo Gallery) Acting Consul Chung Joon Lee Speaks U.S. – Korea Alliance at the Late General Whitcomb’s Memorial Service

On July 12, Political Officer and the Acting Consul Chung Joon Lee delivered a speech at the memorial service of the late U.S. General Richard S. Whitcomb at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  Consul Lee said the U.S. – Korea Alliance is strengthened by the contributions of people like General Whitcomb, and …

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FY2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity: U.S. Embassy Seoul PD Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Seoul PD Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number: PD-SEOUL-FY19-01 Deadline for Applications: April 19, 2019 for the 2019 fiscal year *Please refer to IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION for detailed review schedules CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Maximum for Each Award: $75,000 *NOTE: Cost-share may be required for the programs exceeding $50,000 Posted Date: …

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(Photo Gallery) Ambassador and the U.S. Consulate Busan Celebrate the 243rd Anniversary of U.S. Independence

On July 2, Ambassador Harry Harris hosted Consulate Busan’s Mardi Gras-themed Independence Day Reception at Park Hyatt Busan.  He greeted over 240 guests and welcomed not just one, but two metropolitan city mayors—Oh Keo-don of Busan and Song, Cheol-ho of Ulsan.  The Ambassador highlighted the U.S. – ROK Alliance as a cornerstone for regional security, …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Encourages Miryang Citizens to Tackle Challenges

On June 22, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht spoke at Miryang Municipal Library to an audience of over 100 people. Highlighting the importance of tackling the unknown, he shared his experiences as a diplomat and tips on how he acquired five languages with the crowd who enthusiastically asked questions during the Q&A session. He also met …

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2018년도 연례 국제종교자유보고서 발간에 관한 마이클 R. 폼페이오 국무장관 발언 (전문보기)

발언 마이클 R. 폼페이오 국무장관 프레스 브리핑룸 워싱턴 DC 2019년 6월 21일 폼페이오 장관: 안녕하십니까, 여러분. 저는 오늘 이 자리에서 전 세계를 대상으로 끊임없이 종교적 자유의 신장을 추구하는 국무부의 목표에 관해 말씀드릴 수 있는 기회를 얻게 된 것을 자랑스럽게 생각합니다. 이 목표는 비단 트럼프 행정부의 중점 추진 과제에만 그치는 것이 아닙니다―저 개인적으로도 깊은 의미가 있습니다. …

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Proclamation on National Ocean Month, 2019

May 31, 2019 The ocean supports millions of American jobs across numerous industries, including commercial fishing, recreation and tourism, international trade, shipping, ports, energy, and other maritime commerce.  During National Ocean Month, we recognize the importance of the ocean to the economy, national security, and environment of the United States, and we renew our commitment …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Delivers Commencement Address at KIS Jeju’s Graduation Ceremony

On May 25, Consul Gedacht delivered remarks at Korea International School Jeju’s high school graduation ceremony. Speaking to the graduating class of 80 students and nearly 400 parents, friends, and family members, Consul Gedacht urged the graduating seniors to take chances, get outside their comfort zones, and tackle the future’s challenges.

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gives Special Lectures at Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School

On May 20, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht visited Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School for a special lecture about his life as a diplomat. Students welcomed the Consul with loud applause and enthusiastically asked him questions during the Q&A session after the lecture. They also showcased their self-written plays about American culture such as movies, school, …

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Busan Global Gathering 2019

On May 19, Consulate Busan opened a booth at Global Gathering 2019, one of the biggest international events in Busan, where locals and expatriates gather together to share world cultures including food, traditional clothing, performances and more. Under the theme of tourism and education, Consulate Busan handed out brochures and booklets about traveling and studying …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Meets Students from University of Pittsburgh

On May 16, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture to a group of students from University of Pittsburgh that visited Consulate Busan and shared his experiences as a diplomat in foreign countries. Consul also talked about ROK’s relations with the U.S., Japan and DPRK and after the lecture, students were given a tour …

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(Photo Gallery) Novice Monks from Hongbeopsa Temple Visit Consulate Busan

Ten novice monks from Hongbeopsa Temple visited Consulate Busan on May 10 in celebration of Buddha’s Birthday. The monks surprised Consul Daniel C. Gedacht with hand-made paper lotus flowers as presents and Consul took commemorative photos with them, trying on a Jangsam, or Buddhist monk’s robe. Embassy Seoul promoted this on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/usembassyseoul .

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Signs Congratulatory Book for New Japanese Emperor

Consul Daniel C. Gedacht made a visit to Consulate General of Japan in Busan on May 8 to extend congratulations to Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito. After signing a Congratulatory Book for the newly crowned Emperor, Consul met with Consul General Hisashi Michigami and expressed his well-wishes for Japan’s lasting peace and prosperity under the new …

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(Photo Gallery) Ambassador Participates in the Change of Command Ceremony for U.S. Naval Forces, Korea

On April 25, Ambassador Harris participated in the change of command ceremony for U.S. Naval Forces, Korea. Rear Admiral Michael Boyle relinquished command to the new Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Rear Admiral Michael “Buzz” Donnelly.  The Ambassador then visited Busan MBC, meeting with President Lee Heekil to congratulate the network on 60 years …

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(Photo Gallery) Congressional Study Group Engages With Busan Economic Experts

On April 17, a delegation of six sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives met with academic and economic experts to discuss political and economic challenges facing Busan.  The 2019 Congressional Study Group Korea (CSGK), organized by the Former Members of Congress visited Seoul and Busan for seven days for legislative exchanges which facilitate …

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(Photo Gallery) WeWork Launches Its First Office in Busan

On April 9, WeWork, an American company that provides shared workspaces and services opened its first branch in Busan, and the 15th in Korea. Consul Daniel C. Gedacht joined the opening ceremony with Busan Mayor Oh Geo-don at the newly opened branch to congratulate the company’s arrival in Busan. At the beginning of the ceremony, …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses Global Talk at Busan American Corner

On March 30, Consul Daniel Gedacht joined Busan eFM’s Global Talk 2019 held at Busan American Corner in Busan Simin Municipal Library to discuss the theme of Busan as a global city. Consul Gedacht and two other guest speakers, Alok Kumar Roy, Secretary General of the Busan Foundation for International Cooperation, Professor Vincenzo Campitelli, Pusan …

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(Photo Gallery) Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul Welcome the USCGC Bertholf upon Arrival in Jeju

On March 26, the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Bertholf called in Jeju to do a joint Search and Rescue/Law Enforcement exercise and build partnership with Republic of Korea (ROK) Coast Guard. Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Rapson represented the Mission at the welcoming reception with Consul Gedacht and delivered a welcoming speech.

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Encourages International School Students Save the Environment

On March 22, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht visited International School of Busan (ISB) on their “Stream Cleanup Day” and gave a special speech to encourage 300 students to work on protecting nature. There were several performances that students of ISB prepared to show the importance of environmental protection.  

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Talks about U.S. Political System and U.S. – Korea Relations At Pusan National University

On March 22, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture at Pusan National University (PNU) where he talked about U.S. – Korea relations, the U.S. political system, and life as a U.S. diplomat with a class of around 30 political science students.  A lively discussion followed the lecture on U.S. – North Korea issues, …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Attends Modern Art Exhibition Opening

On March 14, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht attended the grand opening of “Repetition and Difference: About Time” at the Busan Museum of Arts,  a modern art exhibition featuring seven leading contemporary artists from Korea and Japan.  As the organizer requested attendees to wear time traveler costume, the Consul wore a special Hanbok for the event.

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Welcomes Pohang City Officials

On March 12, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht welcomed Director Ko Wonhak and his staff from the International Cooperation and Tourism Division, Pohang City, who paid a call on the Consulate.  Consul Gedacht introduced them the roles and functions of the U.S. Consulate Busan and discussed ways to create synergy effects through partnering and cooperation.  

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(Photo Gallery) Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Dhillon Visits Busan and Ulsan

On December 6 – 7, Pushpinder Dhillon, Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs of the U.S. Embassy made a familiarization visit to Busan and Ulsan with his staff.  In Busan, the ECON team visited the World Fisheries University, attended the AMCHAM Busan Committee’s special lecture on smart cities, and learned operations of the New Port.  In …

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(Photo Gallery) Promoting Disability Rights and Sharing U.S. Federal Disability Laws

In commemoration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, Public Diplomacy (PD) Section of the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Consulate Busan organized two round table discussions on December 5 in Gyeongnam and Busan on disability rights featuring Prof. Michael Schwartz, a deaf lawyer and associate professor of law at Syracuse University.  …

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(Photo Gallery) An Evening of Friendship with Daegu and Gyeongbuk

On November 23, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht represented the Mission at Daegu-Gyungbuk International Exchange Association (DGIEA)’s “Evening of Friendship” in Daegu.  Daegu City Mayor, Gyeongbuk Governor, scores of third-country diplomats, as well as approximately 600 local leaders in business and academia attended the event.

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Remarks by Vice President and Prime Minister of the Republic Of Singapore in Joint Press Statements

The Istana Singapore November 16, 2018 PRIME MINISTER LEE:  Vice President Pence, ladies and gentlemen, may I extend a very warm welcome to Vice President and Mrs. Karen Pence to Singapore. We last met at the White House last year, in October, when President Trump very kindly hosted me to lunch.  And I’m very happy …

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(Photo Gallery) Busan Remembers UN Soldiers from 22 Countries

On November 3, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht attended the “Turn Toward Busan Peace Festival” with his children and spoke to the public about the enduring nature of the U.S.-ROK friendship.  The event, hosted by The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Busan Regional Office and attended by over 3000 Busan citizens , is to remind …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Marks the Special Exhibition on Joseon Tongshinsa

On October 25, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Busan Museum’s special exhibition “Documents of Joseon Tongshinsa.” The event was held to commemorate the first anniversary of the enshrinement of the Joseon Tongshinsa as a UNESCO Memory of the World item. The “Joseon Tongshinsa” refers goodwill diplomatic missions that …

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(Photo Gallery) Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Speaks at World Ocean Forum in Busan

On October 17, at the 12th Annual World Ocean Forum in Busan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (ADAS) of State for Japan and Korea Marc Knapper spoke to an audience of over 300 researchers, tech innovators, and maritime industry leaders about the United States’ commitment to a Free and Open Indo-Pacific region and emphasized U.S.’s willingness …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses “Korea Matters for America | America Matters for Korea”

As a special guest speaker at the Busan World Affairs Council’s Seminar,  Consul Daniel Gedacht discussed how and why “Korea matters for America and America Matters for Korea” on October 10, 2018.  Over 100 students and faculty of Pukyong National University, along with members of the Busan World Affairs Council listened and participated in a …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Tokyo, Pyongyang, Seoul, and Beijing

Press Statement Washington, DC October 2, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Japan; Pyongyang, DPRK; Seoul, Republic of Korea; and Beijing, China from October 6-8. In Tokyo, October 6-7, the Secretary will meet with Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. In Pyongyang, October 7, the Secretary will meet …

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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Korea Society Van Fleet Award Dinner

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea IHO CJ Group Chairman Sohn, Kyung-shik Plaza Hotel, New York September 21, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you for your invitation to appear tonight and for the opportunity to address this distinguished audience.  It’s a pleasure to be here and an honor to …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht Emphasizes “i” – I Love Myself

On September 19, Consul Daniel Gedacht performed a reading of his Korean translation of “i” by the American Pulitzer and Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar at the “Eoulim Poem Recitation 2018” of the Busan Municipal Simin Library.  The audience of over 100, ranging from elementary school students to retirees, participated in the call-and-response of “I love myself,” spreading …

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Excerpts from Secretary Pompeo Interview With Laura Ingraham of Fox News

Washington, DC September 19, 2018 […] SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, I’ll start with North Korea. We have made steady albeit slow progress, but it’s always – we’ve always known this was going to take some time. The South Koreans had a successful engagement – President Moon with Chairman Kim just over the last 48 hours – …

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Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan A. Sales on the Release of the Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Via Teleconference September 19, 2018 MR PALLADINO: Thank you. Hello, everyone. This is Robert Palladino. Thank you so much for joining us for today’s call. Today’s call is on the record. And I also want to note that both the call and the report are embargoed until the …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Gedacht on KNN TV’s “People Focus”

On September 17, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht appeared on KNN TV’s morning talk show “People Focus.“  Consul Gedacht introduced the functions and roles of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his personal stories as a U.S. diplomat.  The interview was conducted all in Korean, and he even surprised the anchor and audience by singing …

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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Korea-U.S. Alliance Foundation

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Millennium Hilton Hotel September 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m. As Prepared for Delivery – Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be here with you this evening for a wonderful event that honors and reflects our enduring bilateral alliance.  This past week, as many of you …

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(Photo Gallery) Discussion on Geo-Politics with High School Students

On September 12, Dana M. Jea, Public Diplomacy Officer of the U.S. Embassy and Consul Daniel C. Gedacht met with thirty local high school students at Busan Foreign Language High School for an open and interactive discussion on geopolitical issues, trade, and the U.S.-ROK alliance.   This served as a great opportunity for Mission Korea to …

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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] The Enduring U.S.-ROK Alliance and Future of our Partnership

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Far East Broadcasting Forum September 11, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen for the warm welcome.  It’s a pleasure to be here, and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you this evening. The U.S. government has a …

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Photo Gallery) Consul Emphasizes Failure is A Stepping Stone to Success

On September 4, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered a special lecture to a group of young Korean job seekers at K-Move and shared tips and insights on employment.  He encouraged them to be risk-takers, and to not be afraid to fail as a way to develop expertise, skills, and toughness. K-Move is a government agency …

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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] Globalization v. Regionalism: Notes on the U.S. Perspective

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea East-West Center Alumni Conference Sapphire Ballroom, 3d Floor, Lotte Hotel, Seoul August 24, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – It is a true privilege to be here with you this morning as part of the East-West Center’s alumni conference. I have had the privilege of …

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[Ambassador Harris’ Speech] The U.S.-ROK Relationship: Towards the Next 65 Years

Remarks Harry Harris U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Korea National Diplomatic Academy August 13, 2018 As Prepared for Delivery – Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to speak with all of you. I want to use my time at the lectern today to discuss U.S.-Korea relations looking forward. There …

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[Fact Sheet] Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Washington, DC July 30, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo today addressed the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC, to launch the economic and commercial pillars of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Before top U.S. business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary Pompeo detailed how U.S. business engagement in the Indo-Pacific …

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(Photo Gallery) Commemorating the U.N. Forces

On July 27, Consul Daniel C. Gedacht delivered words of appreciation at the Commemoration Ceremony of the U.N. Forces for the sacrifices and contributions of nearly 2 million U.N. soldiers from 22 countries including the United States, who fought for Korea during the Korean War.  Consul Gedacht also addressed the importance of and his desire …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul “Interviews” with Busan e-FM and Dynamic Busan

On July 24, Consul Daniel Gedacht was invited as the special guest of Busan e-FM’s hour-long interview program, “The Interview.”  He answered wide-ranging questions from host Daniel Shin on the role of the U.S. Consulate, as well as his life and career as a diplomat.  Click the link below to listen the interview. http://www.befm.or.kr/radio/ProgramAction.do?cmd=PlayListMgr&prgmId=scent&tab=PRGM_SCRIPT   In the …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses Integration At the AEIF Symposium

On July 20, Consul Daniel Gedacht delivered welcoming remarks at the opening of the “Symposium of the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2017”, and members of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy staff participated in a roundtable discussion. AEIF is officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and selects the recipients annually.  At the symposium, participants …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Daniel Gedacht Interviews with Kookje Shinmun

On July 13, Consul Daniel Gedacht gave an interview with Kookje Shinmun and shared his life story and details about his return to Korea after 20 years as the Consul of the U.S. Consulate in Busan.  He expressed his desire to strengthen U.S. – Korea alliance through promoting exchanges and interactions during his term in …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Lays A Wreath at Memorial Service of General Whitcomb

On July 12, Consul Daniel Gedacht attended the 36th memorial service of the late U.S. General Richard S. Whitcomb at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK).  General Richard S. Whitcomb is widely respected for his efforts to help Busan children who were orphaned during the Korean War.  He is also recognized for helping …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Welcomes Students from Ulsan Foreign Language High School

On July 9, Consul Daniel Gedacht welcomed 16 students and a teacher from Ulsan Foreign Language High School.  Consul Gedacht opened with welcome remarks and gave a special lecture on the life and career as a U.S. diplomat and shared his experiences from the various countries in which he has served as an American diplomat. …

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(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Conducts CLP Training at Gimhae International Airport

On July 5, CBP Attaché Edward V. Bayron and Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training for employees of Gimhae International Airport and airlines.  The CLP program is designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S.A, Guam, …

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U.S. Consulate Busan Celebrates the 242nd Anniversary of U.S. Independence

On July 3, U.S. Consulate Busan celebrated the 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence with over 220 distinguished guests at the Park Hyatt Busan.  Charge d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper delivered welcoming remarks and introduced the new Principal Officer Daniel Gedacht, who addressed how excited he was to be in Busan by leading a toast.

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Discusses U.S. Business Environment

On June 15, Consul Dae Kim spoke on “Cultural Differences from a Diplomat’s Perspective and Life in Silicon Valley” to a group of 40 Korean youths seeking employment overseas at a seminar organized by K-Move.  Consul Kim shared his insights from the six countries he served as a diplomat and six Silicon Valley companies where …

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(Photo Gallery) Spokesperson Turnbull Demystifies U.S.- Korea Relations for Students

Filling in for Consul Dae Kim for two weeks, Embassy Spokesperson Daniel Turnbull had opportunity to discuss U.S – Korea relations with students at two prominent universities in Busan.  Mr. Turnbull visited Dongseo University and, after a courtesy call with President Chang Jekuk, gave a lecture to forty undergraduate students on the four dimensions—defense, political, …

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Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the International Religious Freedom Report. I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. And …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Visits Amcit Hospital Patients

On May 14, Consul Dae B. Kim paid a visit to Kangdong Hospital in Busan to commemorate the first anniversary of the Commonwealth Medical Referral Program, a medical tourism agreement between the hospital and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to treat patients from the Islands. Consul Kim spoke with three Amcit patients and …

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(Photo Gallery) CDA Marc Knapper Bids Bon Voyage at Korea Maritime and Ocean University

On May 9, Chargé d’ Affaires Marc Knapper delivered congratulatory remarks at the ‘Bon Voyage’ ceremony to celebrate the departure of approximately 280 students, faculty, and crew for overseas on-the-job training aboard ‘Hanbada-ho’ and ‘Hannara-ho’ training vessels of the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan.  After the ceremony, CDA Knapper joined a fishing class …

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Biography: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Term of Appointment: 04/26/2018 to present Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as …

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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Greets Student Reporters

On April 19, Consul Dae B. Kim welcomed 15 students and teachers from Busan Global Village, where the students are currently studying English after school. The students, calling themselves Busan Global Village Junior Reporters, asked prepared questions ranging from the role of Consulate Busan and Embassy Seoul to the U.S.-ROK Free Trade Agreement.  

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(Photo Gallery) ACS and USCIS Provide Off-site Service at the Consulate

On April 17-18, American Citizen Services (ACS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul provided their off-site services at the Consulate on a walk-in basis, answering inquiries on immigration and citizenship process, accepting applications for passports and Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), performing notarial services, etc.  The next …

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(Photo Gallery) Dan Gedacht Explains Diplomat’s Life to Eighth Graders

Daniel Gedacht, currently a Korean language student at FSI Seoul, visited Busan April 4-6 for a foretaste of the city and the Consulate.   Mr. Gedacht toured and consulted with officials at the Busan American Corner, United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), Busan Modern History Museum, and several other museums in Busan and Gimhae. Mr. …

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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper Pays Respects to Fallen U.S. Soldiers

On March 21, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper visited and laid a wreath at the “Hill 303 Memorial Park” in Chilgok County with County Mayor Baek Sun-ki.  The Memorial Park commemorates 42 fallen U.S. soldiers killed by North Koreans at “Hill 303” during the Korean War.  Chargé d’Affaires Knapper expressed his gratitude to Korean authorities for …

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(Photo Gallery) NEW INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AMBASSADOR VISITS CONSULATE BUSAN

On March 9, Busan city’s new Ambassador for International Relations WOO Kyoung-ha paid a courtesy call on Consul Dae B. Kim.  After exchanging pleasantries the Ambassador expressed hope that the Consulate would provide Non-immigrant visa (NIV) services in the near future to obviate the need for citizens of Busan and nearby regions to travel to …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Talks and Sings at Busan e-FM’s “Morning Wave in Busan”

On January 16, Consul Dae Kim was the special guest on the popular live talk show “Morning Wave in Busan,“ Busan e-FM’s radio program.  During the live interview, he explained the role and function of the U.S. Consulate in Busan and shared his own work experience.  He also played the guitar and sang John Denver’s …

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PyeongChang Games a Beacon for Universal Access to Sports

This winter the world will turn its gaze toward Gangwon Province as the Republic of Korea (ROK) hosts the 23rd Olympic Winter Games.  I congratulate Korea for its extraordinary efforts in preparing for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. These PyeongChang Games represent an opportunity to show the world the ROK’s remarkable achievements since …

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Remarks on the Adoption of the Agenda Following a Procedural Vote to Allow a UNSC Meeting on Human Rights in North Korea

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 11, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. You know, this is an issue that is repeatedly a problem. We continue to think that there’s a separation between peace and security and human rights, and …

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Ambassador Haley Remarks at a Panel Discussion on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea

Remarks at a Panel Discussion on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea, “North Korea Human Rights: The Terrifying Experiences of Forcibly Repatriated North Korean Women” Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 11, 2017 AS DELIVERED Good morning, and thank you for …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Participation in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit

On November 12-14, the Secretary will join the President in Manila, Philippines, to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance and the ASEAN-centered regional architecture. The Secretary will join the President in celebrating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and in participating in the U.S.-ASEAN 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit. He will also join President …

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Remarks by President Trump and ROK President Moon at State Dinner

Blue House Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT MOON: (As interpreted.) Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s election victory. In Korea, we have a custom of holding a special celebration on one’s first birthday. So after pondering about how to best celebrate the first anniversary of President Trump’s victory, I decided to invite the …

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Consul Addresses Cultural Differences, Life in Silicon Valley

On October 12, Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a lecture on “Cultural Differences from a Diplomat’s Perspective and Life in Silicon Valley” to a group of 40 Korean youths at K-Move, an organization which assists young Koreans find employment overseas.  For over two hours, Consul Kim shared his insights from the six countries he served …

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Consulate Busan Hosts ‘Pizza Chat’ With Policemen

On September 29, Consulate Busan invited 40 policemen who guard the Consulate to chat with Consul Dae B. Kim for an hour over pizza, using the spacious facilities of “K-Move,” the Consulate’s next-door neighbor.   Consul Kim explained the role and function of the Consulate and fielded wide-ranging questions from the young policemen, who provide protection …

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U.S. and United Nations 2017

Remarks President Trump United Nations New York, New York September 19, 2017 [View Video: 41’27’’] PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. … …

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On President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 19, 2017 Today, President Donald J. Trump presented to assembled world leaders his vision of security, prosperity and peace led by sovereign nations. That vision requires a recommitment to the founding principles of the United Nations — to promote peace in troubled times. The …

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President Trump Participates in the 72nd United Nations General Assembly

President Trump THE WHITE HOUSE September 18, 2017  President Donald J. Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week, where he will participate in approximately 20 meetings with world leaders and other events. In addition to the President’s engagement, Administration staff and State …

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Consulate Busan Inks MOU With ‘K-Move’

On September 6,  U.S. Consul Dae B. Kim and ‘K-Move’ Director-General Choi Hee-sook signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stipulating that the Consulate occasionally provide speakers to K-Move’s programs in exchange for the use of its spacious facilities for the Consulate’s programs.  K-Move is a Korean government agency that assists young Koreans find employment overseas.

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72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) opened at the UN Headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. During this session of UNGA, the United States will have numerous opportunities to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to advance U.S. priorities in five key areas: addressing the threat to global peace …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens : Rallies in Seoul Planned for September 8 and 9, 2017

United States Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rallies in Seoul Planned for September 8 and 9, 2017 The Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC) Labor Union is planning to stage two large-scale rallies on in Seoul on Friday, September 8, 2017.  Supporters plan to first rally at the Sejong Cultural Center, then …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Engages Buddhist Community Through Music

On August 25, Consul Dae B. Kim performed two songs at a musical gathering organized by a prominent Buddhist temple in Busan.  More than 100 monks and family members from various temples in Busan attended the evening gathering at the “Hongbeopsa” temple.  Consul Kim sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” followed by a …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rallies in Seoul Planned for Wednesday, August 30, 2017

United States Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rallies in Seoul Planned for August 30, 2017 The Korean Plant Construction Workers Union is planning to stage a large-scale rally on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  Supporters plan to rally at Sejongno Park, near the U.S. Embassy, in Seoul.  The rally is scheduled …

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08/05/17 – Statement from the Press Secretary on North Korea

President Donald J. Trump commends the United Nations Security Council for passing a new resolution that increases sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests.  The President appreciates China’s and Russia’s cooperation in securing passage of this resolution.  He will continue working with allies and partners to increase diplomatic and economic …

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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Shines at Pohang Fireworks Festival

On July 29, Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper was one of the distinguished guests to press the button on the outdoor stage to officially kick off the “14th Pohang International Fire and Light Festival” with over 100,000 Pohang citizens in the audience. Earlier in the evening, CDA Knapper proposed a toast at the official VIP dinner …

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07/28/17 – Press Statement from the Secretary on the Latest DPRK Provocation

The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the second this month, in blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community. All nations should take a strong public stance against North Korea, by maintaining and strengthening UN sanctions to ensure North …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Engages Youth Orchestra

On July 26, Consul Dae B. Kim spoke to around 40 members of the Haeundae County Youth Orchestra at their summer retreat in Yangsan City on “Cultural Differences — Customs and Habits.” Following Q&A, Dae Kim also sang with the group. Consulate Busan is diversifying its audiences, activities and program locations during school breaks this …

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(Photo Gallery) Concert Celebrates Anniversaries of CNFK, ROK Navy

On July 20, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) and the Republic of Korea Fleet Command celebrated their 60th and 65th anniversaries, respectively, and the close bilateral alliance, by hosting a joint concert at the KBS Concert Hall in Busan.  The concert featured navy bands of both countries, prominent pop and classical singers, break dancers, …

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State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns …

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(Photo Gallery) CBP Attaché Trains Airline, Airport Security, Immigration Service Staff

On July 7, Edward V. Bayron, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Attaché from Embassy Seoul, conducted Carrier Liaison Program (CLP) training at Gimhae International Airport. Designed to enhance U.S. border security by helping commercial carriers to become more effective in identifying improperly documented passengers destined to the U.S., Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana …

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(Photo Gallery) CDA Attends Musical Rehearsal

On July 5, prior to Consulate Busan’s Independence Day Reception, Chargé d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper conferred with Dongseo University President Jang, Je-guk, observed a rehearsal by the University’s musical theater students, and hosted them to an informal pizza lunch. Dongseo is the only university in Busan which offers a major in musical theater.  

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06/30/17 – Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 30, 2017 PRESIDENT TRUMP :  I want to thank the President of South Korea, President Moon, for being here.  We had a great afternoon yesterday.  We had fantastic dinner at the White House — accomplished a lot, having to do with our …

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06/30/17-Remarks by President Trump, President Moon, Commerce Secretary Ross, and NEC Director Cohn in Bilateral Meeting

Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 30, 2017 PRESIDENT TRUMP :  Okay, thank you very much.  We have many of our great members, our Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense.  We have several of our really wonderful leaders here.  And you have your leaders with you …

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06/27/17 – Secretary’s Remarks at the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Susan Coppedge Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC June 27, 2017 [View Video: 34”04’] Republic of Korea Report [English] [ Korean – PDF 209 KB ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English ]  [ Korean – PDF  199KB]

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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Neurologist Shares Poems Healing PTSD

On June 26, Dr. Frederick Foote, a poet, neurologist, retired U.S. Navy physician and captain, visited Busan under the auspices of Embassy Seoul and Consulate Busan.  Dr Foote, winner of the 2015 Gold Medal for Poetry, Military Writers Society of America, shared his poems and his medical experiences of using poetry and other arts for …

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06/20/17 – Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis Host the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

Notice to the Press Washington, DC June 20, 2017 The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense will host the inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) on June 21, 2017, at the Department of State. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will join Chinese State …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Attends International Science Fair

On June 19, Consul Dae Kim attended the International Student Science Fair (ISSF) 2017 held at the Korea Science Academy of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), a high school for gifted students in Busan.  ISSF is an annual event promoted by the International Science Schools Network, which aims to provide a festive …

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06/19/17 – Previewing the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

Special Briefing Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Via Teleconference June 19, 2017 MS NAUERT: Hi. Good morning, everyone, and thanks for joining us for a preview today of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue that will take place at the State Department on Wednesday of this week. …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Addresses U.S. Democracy

On June 15,  Consul Dae B. Kim gave a lecture on “U.S. Democracy” to more than 500 students at the Gyeongnam Foreign Language High School.  Borrowing Lincoln’s famous words from the Gettysburg Address, Dae Kim began by describing democracy as “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”  He explained the intent …

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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Headlines Security Conference

On June 9, Professor Bernard Rowan of Chicago State University, visiting Korea under the auspices of Consulate Busan, spoke on “Prospects for Korean Unification” at an international conference of the Korean Association of Area Studies (KAAS), held at Dong-A University in Busan.  Around 100 professors, students and distinguished guests, including Korean Ambassador for North Korean …

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(Photo Gallery) U.S. Speaker Discusses Barriers to Korean Unification

June 8, 2017 – Visiting Korea on a Department of State-sponsored program, Dr. Bernard Rowan, Professor of Chicago State University, spoke on “Some Barriers to Korean Unification” to 40-50 undergraduate students and faculty members, and 10 invited guests at the Pukyong National University.  He also took part in a live radio interview with the highly …

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(Photo Gallery) American Dancers Shine at Dance Festival

Four American dancers from New York-based Brian Brooks Company performed their modern dance repertoire at the 13th Busan International Dance Festival, at the outdoor stage on Korea’s most popular Haeundae beach.  Their performance was the finale on Saturday, June 3, the most popular evening of the June 2-4 Festival.  Their visit was made possible by …

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(Photo Gallery) Chargé d’Affaires Marc Knapper Crisscrosses Jeju Island

May 20, 2017 – Chargé d’Affaires ad interim (CDA) Marc Knapper visited the island of Jeju, taking the pulse of its leadership and engaging in public outreach.  The CDA first exchanged views on the bilateral relationship with Governor Won Hee-ryong.  He then traversed to the eastern coast of the island to  attend the “6th International …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Quotes Lincoln – “of, by, for the People”

On May 19, 2017 –  Consul Dae B. Kim gave a lecture on “U.S. Democracy” to around 400 students at the Busan International Foreign Language High School.  Borrowing Lincoln’s famous words from the Gettysburg Address, Dae Kim began by describing democracy as “government of the people, by the people and for the people.”  He explained …

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Local Hospital Inks Agreement with Northern Mariana Islands

May 18, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim met with Ronald Sablan, Director of Medical Referral Services, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Office of the Governor, and Dr. KANG Shin-hyeok, President of Kang-Dong Hospital.  Mr. Sablan was in Busan to sign a medical tourism agreement with Kang-Dong Hospital.  The Commonwealth is expected to refer …

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04/28/17 – Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks Before Meeting With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

U.S. Mission to the UN New York City April 28, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Foreign Minister Wang Yi, thank you so much for traveling to New York and in particular participating in this morning’s very important session at the Security Council. I appreciated very much your remarks, and I appreciate the constructive way in which China …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Highlights Cultural Differences

April 24, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a presentation on “Cultural Difference from a Diplomat’s Perspective” to a group of 15-20 educators, community organizers and businesspersons.  Sharing his work and life from six countries, Dae Kim humorously highlighted the values and customs of those countries.  The group, members of which have been studying …

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04/14/17 – Second Lady Karen Pence to travel to the Asia-Pacific Region to Highlight Art Therapy and Recognize Military Service Members

WASHINGTON, DC – Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25, 2017 with the Vice President.  During the trip, Mrs. Pence will highlight her initiative, art therapy, meet with military service members and spouses, and participate in cultural activities. Mrs. Pence will arrive in Seoul, …

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04/14/17 – Background Press Call on the Vice President’s Travel to ROK, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia

Via Conference Call SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good afternoon, guys.  Some of you I’ve met before.  For folks I haven’t met, look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  For the purpose of the Vice President’s upcoming trip to Seoul, to Tokyo, to Jakarta, and to Sydney, we’re going to explain, lay out the administration’s policies to …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Sings at Hospice Ceremony

On April 1, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim gave congratulatory remarks and sang at the opening ceremony of a major hospice in Busan.  The owner of the hospice is a well-known third-generation doctor and an active community organizer; around 200 guests – including prominent National Assembly members, district ward mayors, city council members, hospital …

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03/22/17 – Factsheet: The Global Coalition – Working to Defeat ISIS

March 22, 2017 Factsheet: The Global Coalition – Working to Defeat ISIS Since its formation in 2014, the Global Coalition has worked diligently to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands.  Coalition members are united in common cause to defeat ISIS through a robust approach, including working by, with, and through …

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03/22/17 – Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The following is the text of a statement by the Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS. Begin text: 1. Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition met in Washington today at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to review and accelerate the campaign …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Kim Gives Presentation on “Culture and Policy”

March 21, 2017 – Consul Dae B. Kim gave a presentation to around 30 academics, businessmen and women, third-country diplomats and honorary consuls on the topic of “Culture and Policy.”  The audience was a combined group of Busan World Affairs Council members and Pukyung National University’s continuing education class on International Relations.  A lively discussion …

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(Photo Gallery) Cultural Affairs Officer Discusses the Movie “Hidden Figures” With Busan’s Moviegoers

March 18, 2017 – U.S. Consulate Busan and English radio station E-fm co-arranged a screening of the movie “Hidden Figures” at Busan Cinema Center.  Mark Canning, Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, led a post-movie discussion on African-American history, highlighting important contributions made by the movie’s protagonists to the U.S. space program.

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03/10/17 – Previewing Secretary Tillerson’s Travel to Japan, South Korea, and China

[Video Clip – 31’23”] Foreign Press Center Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary of State of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan A. Thornton, on “A Preview of Secretary Tillerson’s Upcoming Travel to Asia.” March 10, 2017 MODERATOR: Thanks. Excuse me. Thanks, everyone, for joining us on Friday afternoon, and happy Friday. This is …

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03/08/17 – Statement from the Press Secretary in Honor of International Women’s Day

The White House March 08, 2017 International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the meaningful progress women have made throughout society, while also acknowledging that there is still much work that remains to be done to ensure the complete and consequential participation of women in all spheres of economic, political, …

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02/08/17 – U.S. Embassy: There is no “Korea-U.S. Policy Forum”

Contrary to various news reports published on February 8, there is no so-called “Korea-U.S. Policy Forum,” nor is there any plan to establish a regularly held U.S.-ROK economic policy forum with the National Assembly. The U.S. Embassy regularly consults with all ROK stakeholders on issues of mutual economic interest.

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(Photo Gallery) Ambassador Mark W. Lippert Visits “Beomeosa” Temple with 21 Aspiring Flight Attendants in Busan

November 30, 2016 – Ambassador Mark W. Lippert visited Busan’s famous “Beomeosa” Temple with 21 female students of Aircraft Cabin Service Management Department, Dongeui Institute of Technology, in Busan.  The Ambassador and the students were given a guided tour and was briefed on the history of Beomeosa by the Senior Monk.

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11/30/16 – FACT SHEET: Resolution 2321 (2016) Strengthening Sanctions on the DPRK

New York City November 30, 2016 : FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Resolution 2321 (2016), adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on November 30, 2016, strengthens the binding UN sanctions on North Korea (DPRK) in response to its fifth nuclear test conducted on September 9, 2016. This resolution sends a clear message to North Korea that …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Dae Kim Addresses “Career Track Development Seminar” at Hanyang University

November 29, 2016 – As a special guest speaker at the “Career Track Development Seminar for Students of the Mechanic Engineering Department”, Consul Dae B. Kim spoke to the students of Hanyang University on the topic of “Cross-cultural Communication from a Diplomat’s Perspective”.

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11/15/16 – Meet President-elect Trump’s New Top Advisers

November 15, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has made his first two key personnel appointments. He named Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, as his White House chief of staff and Stephen Bannon, an executive for the anti-establishment Breitbart News, as chief strategist and senior counselor. Priebus is a Republican operative with deep expertise in …

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(Photo Gallery) Consul Kim Addresses “Global Economy and Leadership Seminar” at Pusan National University

As a special guest speaker at the “Global Economy and Leadership Seminar,” Consul Dae B. Kim spoke to the students of the College of Economics and Trade of Pusan National University on the topic of “Cross-cultural Communication from a Diplomat’s Perspective” on November 8, 2016.

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11/09/16 – President-elect Donald Trump: America’s Next President

November 9, 2016 U.S. voters have elected Republican Donald J. Trump as their 45th president, putting into the White House a businessman who promised to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living. The real estate magnate defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who had hoped to be the first woman president. …

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(Photo Gallery) Deputy Chief of Mission Presides over the Commission Meeting of the UNMCK

October 24, 2016 – Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Knapper presided over the 43rd Commission Meeting of the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK), held at the Westin Chosun Hotel on October 24, 2016. The Commission, which oversees the financial and administrative affairs of the UNMCK, consists of 11 member nations which include Australia, …

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(Photo Gallery) Deputy Chief of Mission Delivers Remarks at the U.N. Day Ceremony

October 24, 2016 – Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Knapper attended the UN Day Ceremony held at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) on October 24, 2016.  He delivered commemorative remarks to congratulate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, to honor the memory of the Korean and U.N. troops …

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September 26, 2016

U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark W. Lippert takes a moment of silence at a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Dutch fallen heroes at the United Nations Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) in Busan, alongside Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Dutch Ambassador to Korea Lody Embrechts, Dutch Veterans who fought for Korea during the Korean War, and Minister Park …

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09/21/16 – FACT SHEET: President Obama Takes A Historic Step To Address The National Security Implications Of Climate Change

Fact Sheet The White House September 21, 2016 Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release “Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water. The present day effects of climate change are being felt from …

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September 2, 2016

Consul Dae B. Kim presided at the “97th Sub-Committee Meeting for the Commission for the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK)” held at the Westin Chosun Hotel on September 2, 2016. The Commission for the UNMCK consists of 11 member nations which include Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Turkey, United …

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August 24 – 26, 2016

Deputy Chief of Mission Marc E. Knapper of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul visited Pohang, Gyeongju, and Busan on August 24 – August 26, accompanied by Consul Dae B. Kim of the U.S. Consulate in Busan.  He toured the POSCO plant in Pohang and was briefed on its facilities and production capacity; he toured the …

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August 22, 2016

Consul Dae B. Kim delivered a welcoming speech at Jangdaehyun School for North Korean defector children, during a visit by Japanese and South Korean students participating in an exchange program administered by “BEYOND Tomorrow.”  BEYOND Tomorrow is a Japanese NGO that sponsors and administers Japan-Korea youth partnership programs to promote understanding between the two countries.  …

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July 5-6, 2016

U.S. Ambassador Mark W. Lippert visited Busan and Changwon on July 5-6, 2016. On July 5, the Ambassador gave an interview to reporters at Busan City Hall and celebrated 240 years of American independence at Busan Lotte Hotel. He also announced the official re-designation of the “American Presence Post in Busan” to “U.S. Consulate in …

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We Are A “Consulate”

On July 5, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert announced to the media at Busan City Hall that the “American Presence Post in Busan” is being officially designated as  the “U.S. Consulate in Busan.”  Ambassador Lippert also made the same announcement at the Independence Day reception that evening. The decision to …

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June 23 – 24, 2016

U.S. Ambassador Mark W. Lippert visited Busan on June 23-24, 2016. On June 23, the Ambassador gave special lectures to students and answered questions at Busan American Corner and Busan International Foreign Language High School. He granted an interview to Busan e-FM 90.5, Busan’s sole English-language radio, on the morning of June 24.

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June 3 -9, 2016

Three members of the Los Angeles-based repertory Dance Company “Body Traffic” performed twice in the Busan International Dance Festival, held from June 3 – June 7, 2016 at the outdoor stage on Haeundae Beach. APP Busan and the Festival organizers co-sponsored their visit. Following the festival, APP Busan conducted additional PD outreach with the visiting …

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May 11-12, 2016

U.S. Ambassador Mark W. Lippert chatted with members of Busan-based intercollegiate English conversation club “Campus Bonanza,” which consists of students from several universities, at an open-air spa. Students asked the Ambassador a variety of questions ranging from U.S. – Korea relations to choosing a career path after graduation.

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March 15, 2016

Korean and Japanese students gathered in Busan to learn about each other and discuss topics of keen interest to both countries. The APP, American Consulate in Fukuoka, and Busan National University of Education co-hosted this exchange program between Busan National University of Education and Fukuoka University of Education for which 11 Japanese students came to …

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March 11, 2016

Visiting Daegu on March 11 to engage in various activities including a dialogue with 50 high school students at the Daegu American Corner, a book donation ceremony and a special lecture to about 200 students of the Keimyung University in Daegu, U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Marc E. Knapper (center right in photo) visited …

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February 23-24, 2016

February 23-24, 2016 Deputy Chief of Mission Marc E. Knapper of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul visited Tongyeong and Changwon on February 23-24 and engaged in various activities. He paid a courtesy call on Mayor Kim Dong-jin, Tongyeong City; toured Daione Food Co., Ltd.; and toured Muhak Soju Company, the largest Soju manufacturer in Gyungsang-do.

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February 20, 2016

An interment ceremony of a Korean War veteran, retired Major Bernard James Delahunty, took place at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) on February 20, 2016.  During the Korean War, he served in combat with the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.  Major Ben Delahunty was one of the few remaining American Korean …

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February 18-19, 2016

Ambassador Mark W. Lippert maintained a busy schedule during his February 18-19 visit to Busan. He appeared on KNN TV’s morning talk show “People Focus “; participated in a swim relay and led a discussion with approximately 20 students of Korea Maritime and Ocean University at Yeongdo Public Sports Center; toured Jagalchi fish market; and …

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Ty Stephens and The SoulJaazz

The APP will host a Jazz Concert presented by “Ty Stephens and The SoulJaazz” of New York on October 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Haneulyeon Theater, part of Cinema Center in Centum City, Busan. Ty Stephens will perform original compositions, jazz standards, and Broadway show tunes. For more information and to purchase tickets, …

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October 1-2, 2015

Chargé d’Affaires Marc E. Knapper of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul visited Busan October 1-2 and engaged in various activities. He led a roundtable discussion with approximately 30 students at the symbolic “Walker House” of Pukyong National University, which was used as the headquarters of the Eighth U.S. Army by then-Commander General Walton Walker. The …

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September 19, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul, the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, and the Ship Salvage Unit of the Republic of Korea Navy volunteered to participate in the 2015 Coastal Cleanup Day Diving Project. Co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the American Presence Post Busan, in partnership with the Korea Maritime and …

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August 26, 2015

Terri Zavada (left), Deputy Assistant for Korea of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Juliana J. Kim (center), Trade Unit Chief of the American Embassy in Seoul, visited Busan for a familiarization trip. The APP assisted them to tour several major business operations in Busan which include KAL Tech Center (photo above), Chang Shin …

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March 10 – 12, 2015

Consul General Roberto Powers (front, left), U.S. Embassy Seoul, came through Busan and Ulsan, March 10 – 12, for a wide variety of activities including three town hall meetings for U.S. citizens and their families in the region at Hyundai Foreign School in Ulsan and two other schools in Busan; visiting Hyundai Heavy Industries; paying …

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February 26 – 27, 2015

U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark W. Lippert visited Busan on February 26 -27, 2015, engaging in various activities which include paying a courtesy call on Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo (right); touring GE Offshore and Marine Technology Training Center, Boeing and KAL Tech Center; giving congratulatory remarks at the opening of the “World Association of Brick …

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January 30, 2015

New York-based Battery Dance Company’s “Dancing to Connect” performance sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul was presented at Sohyang Musical Theatre in Busan on January 30, 2015. Over 100 Busan citizens from diverse backgrounds also participated in four workshop groups, each with their own choreography created with the help of Battery Dance Company dancers. …

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January 27 – 28, 2015

Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul and the American Presence Post in Busan arranged various activities for Jonathan Hollander, President and Artistic Director of the Battery Dance Company, to engage with the citizens of Busan. Consul Dae B. Kim and President Jonathan Hollander conducted a live radio interview with Busan e-FM’s talk …

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January 8, 2015

Consul Dae Kim spoke at “Youth Diplomacy and Activism Conference” (YDAC) at the Busan American Corner, located in the city’s Simin Municipal Library, on the topic of “The Importance of Diplomacy”. Fifteen students from the two southeastern provinces of Korea participated along with 4 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.

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