South Korea and the United States share a 129-year relationship that has developed into a strong partnership both in business and international affairs. Since 1948 when the United States helped establish capitalism in South Korea and fought on its UN-sponsored side in the Korean War, the two countries’ diplomatic relations have been close and extensive.
As South Korea experienced tremendous economic and political growth over the past four decades, its bilateral ties with the U.S. have also raised to a higher level. At the 2009 G-20 London summit, U.S. President Barack Obama called South Korea "one of America's closest allies and greatest friends." Also in 2009, South Korea and the United States pledged to develop the alliance’s vision for future defense cooperation.
The two nations are now trying to establish much increased relations by ratifying the pending Korea-US free trade agreement, which is regarded as the United States' most commercially significant free trade agreement in more than 16 years and is expected to create 350,000 new jobs with growth as high as 5.6 percent in Korea's GDP, if approved.
On this ‘Special Talk: U.S. Envoy’, we invite the U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Stephens to talk about her affection for the country of Korea and close, amicable diplomatic relations between Korea and the U.S. in depth.