Monday, January 19, 2015

Gist of S. Korea's unification, foreign, defense policies for 2015

Good  talking points summery of the key policies of the ROK.

Gist of S. Korea's unification, foreign, defense policies for 2015

2015-01-19 10:00
   The following is the gist of South Korea's major inter-Korean, foreign and defense policies for 2015 unveiled jointly Monday by the Ministry of Unification, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense.

Inter-Korean relations
   -- Propose the blueprint for a unified peninsula in order to drum up public support for unification.

   -- Step up education for young students to better prepare them for future unification.

   -- Push for joint inter-Korean projects: a joint commemorative event marking the 70th anniversary of Koreas' independence from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule and a trial-run of a train line linking the two Koreas.

   -- Push to set up Korean cultural centers in Seoul and Pyongyang and to jointly publish a handbook for Korean culture and living.

   -- Plan to advance the Kaesong Industrial Complex for further mutual benefits and build joint economic infrastructure for future unification.

Foreign affairs
   -- Strengthen strategic coordination to move forward N. Korea's nuclear and human rights issues.

   -- Push proactively for mini-lateral diplomacy within region.

   -- Make efforts to accelerate the realization of President Park Geun-hye's two visions for regional cooperation -- "the Northeast Asia Peace Cooperation Initiative" and "the Eurasia Initiative."

   -- Be actively engaged in diplomacy with the United Nations to improve situations on the peninsula to spearhead efforts to bring changes to geopolitical situations on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.

   -- Promote international cooperation to ease pains resulting from the inter-Korean division.

   -- Pursue humanitarian diplomacy toward peaceful unification.

   -- Strengthen economic diplomacy that can contribute to inter-Korean unification.

   -- Broaden diplomatic networks with like-minded countries to help advance inter-Korean unification.

   -- Expand public diplomacy for unification.

   -- Maintain firm military readiness posture to guarantee strong foundation for national defense.

   -- Conduct practical-level education and training for service personnel.

   -- Improve welfare for servicemembers and reform barracks culture.

   -- Push for "creative national defense" to be fully prepared to meet future challenges.

   -- Strengthen defense capabilities to usher in the era of national reunification.

   SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Yonhap)

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