Kerry sends Chuseok message for Koreans

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday wished all Koreans a happy Chuseok, as they mark the autumn harvest holiday, one of the largest annual celebrations on the peninsula.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to wish all Korean people a joyful Chuseok holiday this September 19," he said in a statement.

Chuseok, which falls on Thursday (Seoul time) this year, is the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day.

Though called different names, Kerry said, both of the occasions "celebrate our rich histories and traditions."

The secretary noted common values the allies cherish and emphasized the significance of their ties.

"The shared history and values of our two countries provide a foundation for the deep ties between Koreans and Americans and unite us as we partner to increase global peace and prosperity," he said.

With the two nations marking the 60th anniversary of their alliance, Kerry added, "We remember that the strength of our enduring partnership stems from the close friendship that binds the people of our two nations.

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