Congressman Jared Huffman

Representing the 2nd District of California

Rep. Huffman Statement on Bipartisan Delegation Trip to South Korea

Jul 13, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- After returning from the first bipartisan congressional delegation trip to South Korea since President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un, Rep. Huffman (D-San Rafael) released the following statement:

“This bipartisan delegation trip gave me important insights into U.S. foreign policy and security issues on the Korean peninsula and in the surrounding region. I was impressed by the dedication, professionalism, and extreme readiness of our troops.  I was also struck by the nearly universal view, shared by U.S. and South Korean officials and the general public in South Korea, that the current diplomatic opening with North Korea is a unique opportunity that should be pursued while maintaining the pressure of sanctions until a comprehensive, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization agreement is achieved. Discussing these issues directly with U.S. military commanders and top South Korean officials at such a consequential time was invaluable. I also appreciated the opportunity to discuss broader aspects of the US-South Korea relationship with State Department experts in Seoul and several of our counterparts who serve in the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly.”

The congressional delegation (CODEL) was led by Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) and included Reps. Jack Bergman, (R-MI), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), and Conor Lamb (D-PA).

During the trip, Rep. Huffman visited the Demilitarized Zone, toured Osan Air Force Base and met with officials from the American Embassy and members of the National Assembly of South Korea.