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National Assembly leaders go to Washington

A bipartisan group of lawmakers left for Washington on Wednesday to advance Korea’s position on a host of security and economic issues.

“The United States is our traditional friend and key security ally,” Rep. Hong Young-pyo, floor leader of the ruling Democratic Party, told reporters ahead of his departure. He is heading a delegation that also includes four opposition leaders.

“We are going to meet U.S. leaders and tell them that we should work for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula while keeping the alliance solid,” Hong said. “We are also going to make efforts to help resolve the auto tariffs and other pending trade issues between the two countries.”

Rep. Kim Sung-tae of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party promised to conduct bipartisan diplomacy to realize “genuine peace” on the Korean Peninsula within the framework of an ironclad Korea-U.S. alliance.

Three other members of the delegation - Rep. Kim Kwan-young of the Bareunmirae Party, Rep. Chang Byoung-wan of the Party for Democracy and Peace and Rep. Roh Hoe-chan of the Justice Party - made similar remarks.

On Wednesday in Washington, the lawmakers plan to meet with Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Cory Gardner, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific; and Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip.

On Thursday, they will sit with Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce; Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader; John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state; John Rood, the undersecretary of defense for policy; and Ed Markey, a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific.

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