Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan met with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo at the Pentagon to discuss their nations’ joint efforts to support denuclearization, peace on the Korean Peninsula and other key alliance issues.
The U.S. and South Korea have been allies for nearly 70 years — since the Korean War when U.S. forces were part of the United Nations' response to an invasion by North Korea. Twenty-one countries ultimately contributed to the U.N. force, but the United States provided about 90% of the military personnel.
Today, defense officials said the alliance and friendship between the U.S. and South Korea is stronger than ever. Here’s what you should know about it: