President Lee Myung-bak who is currently visiting Germany announced that South Korea is willing to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Seoul next year if the reclusive regime pledges to the international community to give up its nuclear weapons.
[Interview : Angela Merkel, German Chancellor] "I am willing to invite North Korean Kim Jong-il to the Nuclear Security Summit slated to be held from March 26th to 27th next year, if the North firmly agrees with the international community to denuclearize."
During a joint press conference held in Berlin following a one-on-one with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Monday President Lee stated that if North Korea is to accept the proposal to join the next gathering at which leaders of about 50 countries will gather to discuss a nuclear-free world it would guarantee a bright future for the impoverished country.
Asked whether the apology by North Korea on last year's provocations including a torpedo attack on a South Korean warship, the Cheonan and an artillery shelling on Yeonpyeong Island is a precondition for the invitation President Lee said that the North should offer an apology if it wishes to show its sincerity towards denuclearization.
A presidential official told reporters that Seoul had not informed Pyeongyang of President Lee’s proposition beforehand but had discussed on the issue with Washington in advance.
Earlier Monday President Lee held a summit with German President Christian Wulff on measures to boost cooperative ties in trade and investment and green growth and went for a walk-about at the Brandenburg Gate, a monument in the centre of the German capital which used to symbolize the division of Germany between East and West during the Cold War.
[Reporter : Yoo Ji-hae
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Yoo Ji-hae, Arirang News, Berlin."