SOUTH KOREA AMBASSADOR TO U. S. SPEAKS ON POLICY TOWARD NORTH

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (January 17, 2002 – East-West Wire)---The South Korean ambassador to the United States spoke at the East-West Center yesterday, focusing on his country's policy toward North Korea.

Sung Chul Yang, an alumnus of the East-West Center, spoke about the successes and challenges of President Kim Dae-jung's "policy of reconciliation and cooperation" with North Korea, known as the "Sunshine Policy." Dialog between the two Koreas has stalled since the historic North-South summit in June 2000.

South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold a meeting of senior officials in Seoul next week to discuss their policies toward North Korea. U.S. President George Bush will visit Seoul Feb. 19-20, his first visit to South Korea as president.

For the ambassador's speech, which includes tables of key indicators for both North and South Korea, see http://www.eastwestcenter.org/stored/misc/eww-korea-ambassador-speech.pdf 

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