President Park secures support for key N. Korea policies in Brunei
President Park has won support from ASEAN member countries for her push to set up
a system for multilateral dialogue in Northeast Asia, one of her key North Korea policies.
The plan aims at boosting political and security cooperation in the region based on trust, and is an expansion of the forum's original focus on economic cooperation.
Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo told reporters that President Park, during the ASEAN-plus-three summit on Thursday, stressed that the plan will create synergy with ASEAN's long-term goal of creating an economic bloc in East Asia called the East Asian Community, benchmarking the European Union.
The ASEAN-plus-three leaders also adopted a revised Work Plan, which contains a blueprint for regional cooperation until the year 2017.
"I think it is important to actually carry out specific plans to develop the East Asian Community. Korea will actively participate in this process."
Later in the day, the Korean president took part in the East Asia Summit, attended by 18 nations, including the United States, China, Japan and Russia.
There, regional leaders agreed to work closely together on broader global issues such as climate change, disaster management and food and energy security.
In particular, the 18 EAS member nations threw support behind President Park's trust-building process with the North Korea and emphasized the importance of completely denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
Before heading to Jakarta, Indonesia, President Park also met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who attended the EAS on behalf of President Barack Obama, and the two exchanged views, primarily on North Korea, including its nuclear weapons program.
"Sales diplomacy will be the key focus of President Park's three-day state visit to Indonesia, the largest economy in the ASEAN region. During her bilateral summit with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the two leaders are expected to discuss ways to further strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries, especially in trade and investment.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News, Jakarta."
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