The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met today with Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyundong to discuss U.S.-ROK cooperation on a broad range of pressing bilateral, regional, and global challenges. The Deputy Secretary and the First Vice Foreign Minister affirmed the ironclad U.S.-ROK Alliance and our shared commitment to achieving the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They also discussed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, strengthening trilateral cooperation between the United States, the ROK, and Japan, as well as continued international efforts to hold the Russian Federation accountable for Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine.
The Deputy Secretary underscored the ROK’s indispensable role as a partner in addressing the major challenges of the 21st century. Deputy Secretary Sherman and First Vice Foreign Minister Cho discussed the urgent need to increase investments in clean energy technologies to combat the climate crisis and foster resilient supply chains. She reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to working through a consultative mechanism with the ROK as the Inflation Reduction Act is implemented and maintaining open channels of engagement on the ROK’s concerns with certain provisions of the law. They also highlighted the two countries’ cooperation on global health and food security and discussed ways to expand cooperation with the Pacific Islands.