Addressing a crowd of 182 South Korean ambassadors and consulate generals from 163 overseas missions, foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha, said resolving the North Korea nuclear issue peacefully is the most urgent diplomatic challenge.
She stressed the importance of working closely with the international community, especially with South Korea’s four key partners, the U.S., China, Russia and Japan.
However, Kang also said that South Korea remains pro-active in finding its own path towards a peaceful resolution.
“At the same time, we are finding our own diplomatic space and are pursuing a range of measures to draw North Korea out for talks. We will continue to make persistent efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the North Korea nuclear issue.”
Kang reiterated Seoul’s plans to reach out to other non-traditional partners, such as through the ‘New Northern Policy’ and ‘New Southern Policy’, announced by President Moon earlier this year, to help tackle North Korea as well as build a future of, quote, ‘mutual prosperity’.
“Finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korea situation, cooperating with the four key partners, and expanding our diplomatic reach has a direct connection to our national interest.”
Kang’s speech was part of a 5-day meeting for the mission heads, where they will be briefed on the administration’s policy direction and discuss how to achieve their diplomatic aims.
They will also carry out some volunteer work and visit the venues for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the promotion of which is a key objective in the coming months.
It’s the first meeting of its kind since President Moon Jae-in took office in May, and he will be hosting dinner for all 182 diplomats at the Blue House later on Monday before the diplomats return to their diplomatic missions around the world next week.
Kwon Jang-ho, Arirang News.