Reps. Maloney and Wagner Host Bipartisan Roundtable with Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha

Sep 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to escalate, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) hosted a bipartisan roundtable today with Republic of Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha. The Representatives met with Minister Kang on a CODEL last month that travelled to Hawaii, China, Japan, and Korea. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined the bipartisan meeting. Foreign Minister Kang is a veteran diplomat in multilateral diplomacy, having served both the South Korean Government and the United Nations and is the first women to serve as the Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister.

“The situation on the Korean peninsula is one of the gravest threats facing the global community today, which is why I worked with Rep. Wagner to host Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha for this extremely productive meeting,” said Rep. Maloney. “Foreign Minister Kang and all of the members present emphasized the importance of the U.S. – South Korean alliance and the deep ties between our two countries. Now more than ever, it is critical for us to work with our allies to exhaust every diplomatic avenue possible to resolve the current crisis with North Korea. Diplomacy is the only viable means to addressing the current threats posed by North Korea and the world is fortunate to have a leader like Foreign Minister Kang at the negotiating table.”

“I was delighted to join with Rep. Maloney in welcoming Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to Washington, D.C. Prioritizing dialogue with our South Korean colleagues helps Congress better address the North Korean threat as we press for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula,” said Rep. Wagner. “Foreign Minister Kang is a remarkable world leader, and our discussion on North Korea is a step forward in mutual understanding on issues ranging from comprehensive missile defense to strengthening the U.S.-South Korea alliance.”

"The close coordination between the Republic of Korea and the United States -- to include the support of the U.S. Congress -- is important in bringing North Korea back to the negotiating table. While working together, we must act firmly through sanctions, it's equally important that we manage the North Korea situation calmly and in a stable manner in order to prevent further escalations," said Foreign Minister Kang. "I wish to thank Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congresswoman Ann Wagner for hosting me this morning with their bipartisan colleagues. I was honored by their gracious hospitality, indispensable leadership in support for our alliance and their personal friendship."