Washington, DC - Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, "On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea as you celebrate your national day on August 15th.
"On the anniversary of your independence, we also congratulate the people of the Republic of Korea on the election of President Moon Jae-in. We reaffirm the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea and honor our strong and historic people-to-people ties. This holiday also marks the bond our nations share in our support for democratic values, as we stand together to advance peace and security.
"We look forward to the continued alliance between our nations as we move forward. I send our best wishes to the people of the Republic of Korea as you celebrate this occasion."