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Biden given commemorative Korean name of 'Bae Ji-sung'

Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant to US President Joe Biden and White House policy coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, is presented with a Korean name for the US president by members of the ROK-US Alliance Friendship Association in Washington on Monday in this photo provided by the association. (ROK-US Alliance Friendship Association)
Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant to US President Joe Biden and White House policy coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, is presented with a Korean name for the US president by members of the ROK-US Alliance Friendship Association in Washington on Monday in this photo provided by the association. (ROK-US Alliance Friendship Association)

WASHINGTON -- US President Joe Biden was given an honorary Korean name of Bae Ji-sung on Monday as part of a weeklong commemoration to mark the end of the Korean War 69 years ago.

The US leader was given the name by the Republic of Korea (ROK)-US Alliance Friendship Association.

"We, the ROK-US Alliance Friendship Association, are honored to announce and grant US President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. a Korean name. His name will be Bae Ji-sung," the association said in a released statement.

The name was presented to Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant to the president and National Security Council coordinator for the Indo-Pacific.

The association said the Korean surname of Biden originates from Pyeongtaek, a city located some 60 kilometers south of Seoul and home to a majority of the 28,500-strong US Forces Korea.

His first name, Ji-sung, means territory and star, respectively, it added.

"The deeper and significant meaning behind granting the name "Bae Ji-sung" to US President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is to keep considering and maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula as he continues to contribute to world peace," it said.

The presentation of the Korean name to Biden comes as the allies mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War on Wednesday.

Events to commemorate the war's end will include the dedication of the Wall of Remembrance, the newest addition to the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington with the names of over 41,000 American and South Korean service personnel killed during the war.

Biden is one of dozens of top US officials who have been given a Korean name by the association.

Former US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump were given names of Oh Han-ma and Woo Dae-il, respectively. (Yonhap)

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