South Korean president celebrates alliance with U.S. in speech to Congress

Addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Thursday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said that his country's 70-year alliance with the U.S. has been “the linchpin safeguarding our freedom, peace and prosperity.”

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YOON SUK YEOL: The war ended after three years of intense battle. Our two nations has signed the mutual defense treaty and open new era of the alliance. Ever since, the Korean people rose from the ruins of war to build a thriving nation. And at every step, America has stood together with Korea, we have many reasons to celebrate our platinum anniversary.

We had no guarantees of success when it started. But today, our alliance is stronger than ever, more prosperous together, and more connected like no other. Indeed, it has been the linchpin safeguarding our freedom, peace, and prosperity.