Pres. Park arrives in Saint Petersburg
President Park is scheduled to attend the G-20 Leaders' Summit on Thursday and Friday in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.
This year's meeting will mainly focus on addressing the pending economic and financial issues that developed and emerging countries are divided on.
Such agenda items include countering the negative effects of Washington's plan to taper its stimulus program, ensuring financial stability, reforming the global financial system and preventing tax avoidance by multinational firms.
Other major topic points will be tackling unemployment and strengthening international development assistance.
President Park, at the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is expected to make a "lead speech" in the second working session on Friday, where she will emphasize the importance of international cooperation in creating more jobs amid slowing growth.
During her stay, she is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the leaders of four countries -- Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan and Russia.
"Just hours ahead of her arrival here in Saint Petersburg, President Park's exclusive interview with Russia's state-run Itar-TASS news agency and Russia 24 TV was aired in the country."
In the interview, President Park reiterated her firm stance on North Korea, saying she will strongly respond to Pyongyang's provocations while continuing to provide humanitarian aid regardless of the political situation, all of which are part of her trust building process with the North.
"We will open the door for dialogue so that North Korea can become a responsible member of the international community. The South Korean government plans to expand its support to various fields, such as communications, traffic and electricity as well as supporting it to become a member of international organizations."
President Park also emphasized the importance of Moscow's role in the region.
She said Russia is a very important country that could closely cooperate with Korea in bringing peace to the Korean peninsula and joint development in Northeast Asia.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News, Saint Petersburg.
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