Korean Ambassador to the United States Lee Soo-hyuck speaks from his office in Washington, D.C., during a video-linked National Assembly audit session, Monday. / Yonhap
The Trumpet: South Korea Mulls Ending Military Alliance With U.S.
‘Just because Korea chose the U.S. 70 years ago does not mean it has to choose the U.S. for the next 70 years, too.’
Powerful South Korean voices are crying out for the nation to end its military alliance with the United States, placing a sobering question mark over the future of the 70-year-old alliance.
On October 12, the nation’s ambassador to the U.S., Lee Soo-hyuck, addressed the South Korea National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, saying: “Just because Korea chose the U.S. 70 years ago does not mean it has to choose the U.S. for the next 70 years, too.” Lee went on to say that South Korea should more highly prioritize its relationship with China.
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WNU Editor: The South Korean ambassador to the US is causing a stir with his remarks that the US – South Korean alliance needs to be re-evaluated …. Time for ‘Korea first’ policy (Choi Sung-jin, Korea Times). It is also causing some blow-back …. Envoy to US in hot seat over repeated controversial remarks (Korea Times). The Chinese are also noticing this split …. National interests drive Seoul, Washington apart (Global Times).