통역 없이 주한미국대사 대리 만난 강경화 장관
강경화 외교부 장관이 6월 21일 외교부 청사에서 마크 내퍼 주한 미국대사 대리와 빈센트 브룩스 주한미군사령관을 접견했다. 북한에 억류되었다가 송환된 오토 웜비어 씨의 사망과 관련한 조의를 표하며 입을 연 강 장관은 유창한 영어로 통역 없이 대화를 이어갔다.
외교부장관, 주한대사대리 및 주한미군사령관 공동접견
강경화, 美대사대리•주한미군사령관 접견…”동맹강화 최선”
New Foreign Minister Kang meets with interim U.S. ambassador ahead of bilateral summit
South Korea’s newly appointed foreign minister met with the interim U.S. ambassador to Seoul, Marc Knapper and General Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.
Kang Kyung-hwa first and foremost expressed her condolences over the death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier, who died this week after being released from 17 months of imprisonment in North Korea.
And then reaffirmed Seoul’s commitment to the ironclad alliance. “I will ensure you that I will do my very best as foreign minister to make sure that the alliance is on solid footing and will continue to strengthen in the years ahead.” “I bring congratulations from Secretary Tillerson. He’s delighted to have you as his new counterpart. He’s looking forward as well to hearing your voice but also seeing you in person in Washington.”
This gathering comes in preparation for the Seoul-Washington summit, where both leaders will also be meeting for the first time.