PRESS RELEASE

Congressman Michael Capuano Establishes the Congressional Caucus on Korea

January 22, 2003 -- Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA) established the Congressional Caucus on Korea (CCK) to address the important political, social and economic issues that are emerging on the Korean peninsula. Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY) will serve as Co-Chair.

"In light of recent events, it is even more important that Congress work together on issues impacting America's relationship with both the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and our long-standing friend, the Republic of Korea," said Congressman Capuano.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) is a firm American ally in promoting and supporting peace, stability and democracy in East Asia. It is also a major trade partner with the United States. Finally, with the continued deployment of the 8th Army and other military personnel to South Korea, the United States maintains a commitment to safeguarding our allies in ROK.

The Caucus is dedicated to:

"I look forward to working on these issues with my colleagues on the CCK," Congressman Capuano said.

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Contact: Alison M. Mills (617) 621-6208