A New Year with Korea-U.S. Relations
2018 kicked off with a new year’s message to the nation from President Moon Jae-in noting the impressive economic steps taken in 2017 such as achieving the milestone of US$1 trillion in trade once again and regaining annual economic growth of over three percent.
There was no shortage of activity to kick-off the new year promoting Korea-U.S. relations. It began on January 3rd when Ambassador Cho and Ambassadress Woo met with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan at their house. With a large Korean community in the Maryland area, this was a great meeting on the continued support of strengthening cultural ties between both countries.
Later in the month, Ambassador Cho Yoon-je attended the 115th anniversary of Korean American Day Celebration at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Cho delivered President Moon’s message which pledges Korean government’s additional support for efforts to promote the status of overseas Koreans, and wished the successful hosting of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
In March, President Moon and President Trump spoke on the phone and discussed key topics such as the move by the U.S. Government to apply the Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. They discussed the importance of demonstrating solid cooperation between both countries, noting the negotiation of the free trade agreement was underway.