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Prime Talk: Dr. Bong Young-shik on Inter-Korean Relations Updated: 2013-07-22 20:37:40 KST

Prime Talk: Dr. Bong Young-shik on Inter-Korean Relations
For more on the inter-Korean talks, and current situation unfolding on the Korean peninsula, we are joined by Dr. Bong Young-shik , Director of Center for Foreign Policy at the Asan Institute.
Welcome.

Good to be here.

We've seen round after round of S. Korea's standing firm on its insistence for some guarantees against another shutdown in the future. Was this a smart approach?

Tell us about some of the arguments being used by South Korean negotiators and whether they really come at great cost to North Korea.

How important is saving face during these negotiations especially as each side tries to assign blame for the shutdown?

North Korea will celebrate in grand fashion this Saturday the signing of the Armistice Agreement which they call "Victory Day". A hefty 150-million dollars are expected to go into the celebrations and foreign journalists have been invited to cover it. What do you read into Pyongyang's moves?

Thanks for joining us tonight.

Thanks for having me.
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