New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea
Prime Minister to visit South Korea
Prime Minister John Key announced today that he will travel to South Korea to join New Zealand veterans in commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice which ended the Korean War. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Michael Woodhouse will also accompany the veterans.
“This will be an historic opportunity to honour the veterans’ service and sacrifice, and their contribution to building a modern, vibrant Korea.” Around 6000 New Zealanders fought in the Korean War, 45 lost their lives and 79 were wounded.
During the visit Mr Key will hold talks with the new Korean President Park Geun-hye, who was inaugurated in February, and is the country’s first woman leader.