Sen. Menendez says U.S. commitment to South Korea is ironclad

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said on Tuesday that the commitment of the U.S. to South Korea's security is ironclad during his first meeting with a foreign dignitary in 2014.

Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the statement on Tuesday after meeting with South Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se. Menendez previously met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a summer visit to Seoul.

"The ties that bind our two countries are deep, unshakable, and reflect the deep U.S. commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea," Menendez said. "This is an ironclad pledge, one that I made to President Park this summer in Seoul and to Foreign Minister Yun today in Washington."

During the meeting, Menendez and Yun discussed trade, the civilian nuclear agreement and the ongoing threat of North Korea.

"Today, we discussed continued regional instability caused by North Korean actions, including their pursuit of nuclear weapons and advanced ballistic missiles," Menendez said. "We spoke about the pathway forward in Congress for the extension of the U.S.-Korea civilian nuclear agreement and the importance of not allowing the current agreement to lapse. We also discussed implementing all aspects of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the benefits of increased economic and trade cooperation."