President Lee Myung-bak is expected to promote Korea's safe nuclear technology in Washington DC next week.
The Korean President is attending the Nuclear Security Summit scheduled to take place next Monday and Tuesday where leaders of close to 50 countries and representatives of regional and international organizations will address the threats of nuclear terrorism and the international community's countermeasures.
Presidential spokesperson Kim Eun-hye says the South Korean leader will try to expand his country's role in countering nuclear threats and call for a speedy resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue.
Initially, the President had planned to go to Mexico on a state visit and quake-stricken Haiti on the same trip but called it off due to the naval disaster which resulted in dozens of missing sailors.
A senior official at the Presidential Office says a joint communique and an action plan specifying the participating states' future actions for the shared goal of curbing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials will be adopted.
And as for North Korea, its nuclear programs will be on the table but are not expected to dominate the upcoming summit, according to the official.
[Reporter : Kang Che-ry
firstname.lastname@example.org] "The Presidential Office says President Lee's message will be that Korea is a model country that uses its nuclear technology in a peaceful manner. It added the President will try to use the summit as an opportunity to explain to potential buyers Korea's advanced technology in building safe nuclear power plants as well.
Kang Che-ry, Arirang News."