President Park: Korea, India can be good nuclear plant partnersUpdated: 2014-01-15 16:09:36 (KST)
President Park Geun-hye is powering ahead with her sales diplomacy drive.
In an interview with India's DDTV held prior to her trip to India, President Park said Korea can be a very good partner to the South Asian country in the nuclear power plant sector, as it has ample experience in plant construction and operation.
She stressed that Korea has not had any major plant accidents since launching commercial operations in 1978.
She added the safety of Korea's plants has been further enhanced, as the country has learnt the lessons of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster.
With regards to the Korea-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, or CEPA, which took effect in 2010, the president said a comprehensive amendment of the pact is needed to bring more economic benefits to both countries.
She explained, in order to hit the target mark of 100 billion U.S. dollars in bilateral trade, laws on double taxation need to be amended to boost investment.
The president also pointed out that the usage rate of the CEPA only stands at 40 percent, as India's current tariffs are lower than the CEPA tariffs.
She also expressed hope that the Indian government continues to support Korean companies, including steelmaker POSCO, which has been working on a project in the Indian state of Odisha for eight years now.
When asked about North Korea, President Park said it's a great pity Pyongyang turned down Seoul's offer to resume inter-Korean family reunions for those separated since the Korean War.
But she added she will continue to make efforts to set up a platform for reunification by convincing the North to denuclearize, while expanding humanitarian aid and non-governmental exchanges.
In India, President Park is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discuss ways to further develop the two countries' cooperation in various fields, ranging from economic affairs to science and information communications technology.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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