Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Park says Korea-U.S. alliance base for reunited Korea, region


These are some important words to which I hope people are paying attention.  For those who dispute Korean unification as a strategic end state for the alliance to achieve please listen to President Park.  Alliance policymakers, strategists, and planners need to have a long term view even as they are reacting to crises and ask who with this policy, strategy, or plan contribute to the path toward Korean unification?
She specified a three-point vision for the future of the alliance for the peninsula, region and the world.  
Park said the alliance should lay the groundwork for enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula and over time, for reunification. 
Park explained that her “trustpolitik” process involved never accepting a nuclear-armed North Korea and decisive measures against any provocations, but delinking that from humanitarian aid. 
“And with the trust that gradually builds up, through exchange, through cooperation, we will cement the grounds for durable peace and eventually peaceful reunification.”
V/R
Dave

Park says Korea-U.S. alliance base for reunited Korea, region
President calls for U.S. support for trustpolitik, Northeast Asia peace initiative in address to Congress

Published : 2013-05-08 17:39
Updated : 2013-05-09 09:55



WASHINGTON -- President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday (Thursday Korea time) hailed the Korea-U.S. alliance as the linchpin of a reunified Korea, the future Northeast Asian order and the two countries’ cooperation to address insecurity and poverty around the world. 

Park also called on the U.S. to support her vision to forge a multinational mechanism for peace and cooperation in Northeast Asia.

The president delivered these messages before a joint session of the House and the Senate and during the gala dinner commemorating the 60th anniversary of Korea-U.S. alliance the night before.

“Building on the extraordinary accomplishments of the last 60 years, we determined to embark on another shared journey toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, toward cooperation in Northeast Asia, and finally, toward prosperity around the world,” Park said in her 30-minute speech, referring to the summit talks she had with President Barack Obama the day before.

She specified a three-point vision for the future of the alliance for the peninsula, region and the world. 

Park said the alliance should lay the groundwork for enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula and over time, for reunification.

Park explained that her “trustpolitik” process involved never accepting a nuclear-armed North Korea and decisive measures against any provocations, but delinking that from humanitarian aid.

“And with the trust that gradually builds up, through exchange, through cooperation, we will cement the grounds for durable peace and eventually peaceful reunification.”

At her speech to Congress, Park also called on the alliance to reach beyond the Korean Peninsula and build a mechanism for peace and cooperation.

“The initiative will serve the cause of peace and development in the region. But it will be firmly rooted in the Korea-U.S. alliance,” she said saying the dialogue could start on softer issues such as environment, disaster relief, nuclear safety and counter-terrorism. She added that North Korea could also be invited to join.
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