by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) April 23, 2013
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye will address a joint meeting of the US Congress next month, lawmakers said Tuesday, in a show of support for the new leader after tensions with North Korea soared.
South Korea's first female president will speak to Congress on May 8, a day after her scheduled summit with President Barack Obama at the White House, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday.
Boehner said in a statement that the address will show that the longstanding allies "stand shoulder-to-shoulder" in the face of North Korea's "recent provocative actions."
Park took office in February in the midst of a crisis with North Korea, which had just tested a nuclear bomb and threatened war against South Korea and the United States over what it viewed as US hostility.
Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the address would be appropriate as it would come shortly ahead of the 60th anniversary of the armistice that halted the Korean War.
"I believe it is only fitting to bestow this high honor to Northeast Asia's first elected female head of state," said Royce, a Republican from California.
Joint meetings of Congress, known for their pageantry, bring together lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate in a ceremonial show of respect for visiting dignitaries.
Boehner's office said that Park would be the sixth South Korean leader to address a joint meeting of Congress, although her predecessors at the rostrum did not include her father, late dictator Park Chung-Hee.
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|