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Sgt. Yoon Al-chan, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, shows South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon a long range advanced scout surveillance system during the minister’s brief visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, on Friday.
Sgt. Yoon Al-chan, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, shows South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon a long range advanced scout surveillance system during the minister’s brief visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, on Friday. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
Sgt. Yoon Al-chan, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, shows South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon a long range advanced scout surveillance system during the minister’s brief visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, on Friday.
Sgt. Yoon Al-chan, 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, shows South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon a long range advanced scout surveillance system during the minister’s brief visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, on Friday. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)
South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon, passes gifts to a group of soldiers during a brief visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, on Friday.
South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon, passes gifts to a group of soldiers during a brief visit to Camp Casey, South Korea, on Friday. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

CAMP CASEY, South Korea — U.S. 2nd Infantry Division soldiers received thanks — and some got wristwatches — for their service from South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Friday at Camp Casey.

Initial plans for Song Min-soon to travel via helicopter and take a more thorough tour were scrapped because of bad weather.

Song instead traveled to the camp by car, and curtailed his visit to a tour of several pieces of military equipment, including a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a Multiple Launch Rocket System and an M1 Abrams tank.

Song presented the 20 soldiers who’d showed him the equipment with wristwatches that display dual time before heading to the Thunder Cafe dining facility.

There he spoke briefly to a gathering of soldiers, thanking them for their work.

“We would not be where we are today if it were not for the tight coordination between our two countries,” he said.

He went on to praise the U.S-South Korean alliance.

“The alliance is not an alliance against someone, but an alliance for something,” he said, adding that it was important to peace in the region.

He also talked about the transfer of wartime operational control to South Korean forces and the North Korean nuclear threat.

“North Korea seems to be afraid of being driven out into the cold if it abandons its nuclear weapons. But exactly the opposite will happen,” he said. “The Republic of Korea and the United States are ready to welcome North Korea to the bright path.”

After the speech he presented a plaque to 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John Morgan III. Morgan gave Song a tomahawk, a traditional gift in the division.

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