June 07, 2021 09:50
A shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines for 1.01 million Korean soldiers and civilian military personnel arrived in Seoul on Saturday night by military cargo plane.
Robert Rapson, the Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, watched the arrival on the tarmac.
"This is what allies do; this is what makes our alliance and partnership so strong," Rapson later tweeted.
U.S. President Joe Biden last month promised the vaccines to his Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in with a view to resuming large-scale field exercises between the two allies here.
Ned Price, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, tweeted the previous day, "With these doses we're ensuring the safety and readiness of [Korean] and U.S. forces."
Back on June 3, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that the purpose of vaccine supply is to protect U.S. troops and other personnel who are serving with Koreans.
But Unification Minister Lee In-young told KBS on Sunday, "I expressed my hope several times that [joint drills] will be put off further, downscaled and readjusted. I still have the same opinion."
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