O'Halleran Returns from Korea Trip After High-Level Security Meetings
SEDONA – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) returned this weekend from a Congressional delegation trip to the Republic of Korea for high-level security meetings with the Commander of United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command and ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command, Deputy Commanding General Of Operations for the Eighth Army, the Chief of the Korean Defense Ministry’s policy office, the Deputy Commander, United Nations Command Korea; Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea; Commander, Air Component Command, South Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command; and Commander, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, South Korea, and senior State Department officials.
Rep. O’Halleran joined Reps. Martha McSally (AZ-02) and David Schweikert (AZ-06) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) on the weekend trip. The bipartisan group visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone just prior to the meeting between the leaders of South Korea and North Korea.
“With the uncertainty about the proposed meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, our meetings this weekend were an important step in strengthening the U.S. - Korean relationship. This trip allowed us to discuss the strategic issues that are impacting South Koreans and the international community. It also demonstrated Congress’ willingness to have an open, constructive dialogue about the issues impacting our two nations.
“It is important, now more than ever, that we continue to pressure Mr. Kim and his regime to decommission the nation’s nuclear facilities, end their quest to develop nuclear weapons, and address the rampant human rights violations that are happening in his country. I am hopeful that we will see meaningful change through the full force of American diplomacy, strength, and leadership in partnership with our allies around the world.
“I was grateful to meet with many of our brave servicemembers who are stationed on the Peninsula over the Memorial Day weekend. They are doing excellent work, and it was an honor to sit down with them and discuss the challenges they are facing on the ground. I would be remiss if I did not extend my sincere thanks to the 25th Fighter Squadron stationed at Osan Air Base, the folks at USAG-Yongsan and Camp Humphreys, Korean Defense Ministry and military officials, and the State Department staff for meeting with our group and briefing us throughout the weekend.”