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Kerry releases congratulatory video message to S. Koreans ahead of Liberation Day

2013/08/15 15:04

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has released a video message congratulating South Koreans on the occasion of the anniversary of Korea's independence from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

It is unusual for the U.S. secretary of state to make a video appearance for a congratulatory message on a foreign anniversary because such messages are usually issued in writing. The video message was made in consideration of the 60th anniversary this year of the alliance between the two countries, a diplomatic source said.

"On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it's my great pleasure to congratulate the Korean people as you celebrate the anniversary of your independence this August 15th," Kerry said in the message dated Tuesday.

"Over the last 60 years, we have built one of the strongest partnerships on the planet. And the United States is proud to be your steadfast ally. But our alliance is not only rooted in shared history. It is strengthened every day," he said.

Kerry also praised South Korea as "an inspiration to people everywhere," including the United States, saying the Asian ally has transformed itself into a vibrant democracy and a global economic powerhouse in the last 60 years.

"As you celebrate your independence this year, the United States proudly stands with you as an ally, as a partner, and as a friend. I send you my heartfelt congratulations to the Korean people around the world on this special day," he said.

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