The U.S. ambassador in South Korea is urging Seoul to impose sanctions on Iran, while the South Korean ambassador to the United States has been hopscotching around the American heartland to promote a free-trade agreement.
“South Korea is a country that has its own interest in seeing a peaceful and stable Middle East,” Ambassador Kathleen Stephens said this week.
“It’s essential for responsible countries with global interests to send a unified message to the leaders of Iran that it must live up to its international obligations.”
Meanwhile, Ambassador Han Duk-soo spent much of August visiting Detroit, Peoria, Ill., and a suburb of Chicago to build support for the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which is tied up in Congress over Democratic objections to parts of the trade pact.
“The [trade agreement] would bring our alliance into the 21st century,” he said last week in an address to the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, about 30 miles west of Chicago. “It will be a new bond that will hold our two countries closer together. I hope you will all join me in waving the flag for this agreement.”
He will take his message to the West Coast next week when he talks to business leaders in Tacoma, Wash.
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