- Welcome to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States of America!
The ROK-US relations have been continuously evolving since the official establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries about 130 years ago. Especially, 70 years of the ROK-US Alliance has stood strong with the proud history of Korea's economic development and democratization. Our alliance, accompanied by support of the people from both nations, is advancing into a future-oriented relations that satisfies the mutual interests for today and at the same time corresponds with conditions for tomorrow. The two countries are closely cooperating to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and to establish the vision of peace on the Korean Peninsula. We are also contributing to the stabilization and the development of Northeast Asia and the global community.
On the economic field, Korea and the U.S. have cooperated based on the mutual trust. Under this spirit of cooperation, two countries have resolved diverse trade issues such as the negotiation on the revised KORUS FTA, Section 232 on steel, among others. Despite challenging global economic conditions, the total trade volume between Korea and the U.S. has reached 131.6 billion dollars, increasing more than 30% after signing the KORUS FTA. The ROK-US cooperation is also expanding into various fields including science, information technology, and energy.
The Korean American community started to grow since the first immigration to Hawaii in the early 20th Century, and now the size has reached 2.55 million reliably supporting the firm ROK-US Alliance. The Embassy of the Republic of Korea will put the safety of Korean Americans as a top priority and continue its effort to improve the consular service. Furthermore, the Embassy will continue to assist the interest of Korean Americans and support the new generation for an active role in the community.
Serving as the Korean Ambassador to the U.S., I bear heavy responsibilities to consolidate peace on the Korean Peninsula and to reinforce the ROK-US Alliance in the complex diplomatic environment than ever before. My Embassy and I will continue to do our utmost in order to strengthen the ROK-US ties with the pride and sense of duty that we stand in the frontline of preserving our interest. I look forward to your kind attention and support.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
Lee Soo Hyuck