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S. Korea - U.S. summit: Analysis Updated: 2013-05-08 16:02:40 KST

S. Korea - U.S. summit: Analysis
Let's try getting an analysis of the agenda items discussed AND NOT discussed during the summit between Presidents Park and Obama.

For that, we're joined live by James Kim, research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

James, welcome to the program.

Thanks. Happy to be here.

First, let's go over the "Joint Declaration" adopted by President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama.
It upgrades the two nations' 60 years of comprehensive strategic alliance to what's called a "global partnership." For average citizens, explain to us in simple English what the difference is what significance this upgrade holds?

As widely expected, North Korea dominated the talks between the two leaders.
Your take on the South Korea, U.S. stance on the rogue state?

Some strong messages to North Korea that President Park seems to have conveyed through her meeting with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and her interview with the U.S. broadcaster, CBS.
What, in your view, is she trying to show Pyongyang - perhaps - during her U.S. tour?

All right. Now, moving on to the two countries' civilian nuclear agreement did you see any improvements there?

Now, going into the summit, the two governments had said the two key agenda items would be North Korea and expanding economic cooperation.
How did the two leaders do in discussing the economy during the meeting?

James Kim, research fellow at Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies - thanks for speaking to us this evening. We appreciate it.
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