WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 19, 2012) — President Barack Obama congratulated President-elect Park Geun-hye on her success in the election held on Wednesday.
Ms. Park, the daughter of former dictator Park Chung-hee, defeated rival Moon Jae-in in today’s polls. She will be the first female leader of the Republic of Korea.
“I look forward to working closely with the Park Administration to further enhance our extensive cooperation with the Republic of Korea on a wide range of important bilateral, regional and global issues,” Obama said. “The U.S.-ROK alliance serves as a linchpin of peace and security in the Asia Pacific and our two nations share a global partnership with deep economic, security, and people-to-people ties. I also wish to reiterate my admiration for all that President Lee has done to strengthen U.S.-ROK relations and promote a Global Korea.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warmly congratulated Park Geun-hye on her election, and voiced his readiness to work with the new Government, according to his spokesperson.
“The Republic of Korea is a highly valued and steadfast partner of the United Nations in the work for international peace and security, development and human rights,” added a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.
“With this new leadership,” it continued, “the Secretary-General hopes for even more active engagement by the Republic of Korea in advancing the agenda of the United Nations – from the promotion of sustainable development, the fight against climate change, and the contribution to global peace and human rights promotion.”
The Secretary-General, the statement added, stands ready to work with the new Government in promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, including through addressing the humanitarian, nuclear and other concerns regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.