July 30, 2021
Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Republic of Korea Minister of Defense Suh Wook
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Suh Wook today to reaffirm the ironclad U.S.-ROK Alliance and emphasize the importance of close cooperation between the two countries.
During the call, Secretary Austin and Minister Suh discussed a broad range of defense issues and exchanged views on the security environment on the Korean Peninsula. Both sides agreed on the importance of maintaining a robust U.S.-ROK combined defense posture and continuing communication on important issues to ensure that the U.S.-ROK Alliance remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific. The Secretary and the Minister emphasized the importance of broader regional cooperation between the U.S. and ROK governments, noting the alignment of the ROK's New Southern Policy with the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, which the Secretary advanced during his trip to Southeast Asia this week.
Both leaders acknowledged the progress made during the summit between President Biden and President Moon in May 2021 and agreed on the importance of continuing cooperation in the lead-up to the 53rd Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) this fall.
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