The Blue House confirmed the meeting, saying that the two discussed recent affairs on the Korean peninsula, and the South Korea-U.S. alliance.
After their meeting, O’Brien tweeted that the alliance between South Korea and the U.S. is stronger than ever, and that it continues to grow to meet all regional and global challenges.
Until now, Suh and O’Brien have had to communicate through phone calls and letters as their face-to-face meeting has kept getting pushed back due to circumstances such as O’Brien testing positive for COVID-19.
Suh’s trip comes after President Moon Jae-in has suggested ending Korean War multiple times, once during his UN General Assembly speech and again a week ago during his speech for the Annual Gala of the Korea Society.
The Blue House says it anticipates that this visit could be an opportunity to reaffirm U.S. support for a strong alliance between the two countries, as well as strengthening conversation on major alliance issues such as the denuclearization of North Korea.
Several of South Korea’s senior officers have visited the U.S. recently, including top nuclear negotiator Lee Do-Hoon in the last week of September and the Second Deputy Chief of the National Security Office Kim Hyun-chong a week before that.
Experts say South Korea intends to create a momentum of dialogue before the U.S. presidential election in case the Democratic candidate Joe Biden wins.
“If Biden wins the presidential election Biden government will begin a policy review about how to deal with North Korea and the Korean peninsula issues which will last about four to five months which for the time being there will be no dialogue, no momentum, no initiative from South Korean government perspective.”
South Korea’s security adviser is scheduled to meet other senior U.S. officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as major think tanks during his four-day stay in Washington.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.