President Park holds summit with Dutch prime minister,Updated: 2014-03-24 20:35:50 (KST)
We begin this evening in the Hague where in about an hour from now, the third Nuclear Security Summit will officially kick off.
As the leader of the most recent 2012 summit host nation, President Park Geun-hye is expected to give remarks at the opening session.
We'll be bringing you live coverage of the president's speech at 11 p.m., Korea time but first, we start off with the wrap up of President Park's packed day in the Netherlands.
From her bilateral talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to a summit with her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping we connect live to our presidential office correspondent Choi You-sun in The Hague.
You-sun, how did the summit go with the Dutch leader?
During their nearly hour-long meeting, President Park and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte agreed to expand economic ties.
Highlighting that the Netherlands is Korea's third largest trading partner and number one EU investing nation, President Park welcomed Dutch participation in Korea's Northeast Asia oil hub project.
The Dutch government expressed high hopes for greater cooperation with Korea in the areas of energy, biotechnology, health and information and communications, especially through the Korea-EU FTA.
This is the first time a Korean president has made an official visit to the Netherlands, although President Park had visited the country three years ago as a presidential envoy.
She was just one of two state leaders invited for lunch by Dutch King Willem-Alexander this week.
But many are also eyeing a trilateral meeting between President Park, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Nuclear Summit.
I'll bring you details of that later but today, the big event will be President Park's opening speech, alongside the Dutch prime minister and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starting at 11 p.m., Monday Korea time.
You-sun, President Park earlier Monday discussed dealing with North Korea's nuclear program with her Chinese counterpart?
Meeting President Xi for the fourth time ahead of the summit, President Park stressed Pyongyang cannot achieve economic development while continuing with its nuclear weapons program.
To that end, President Xi said China opposes North Korea as a nuclear weapons state, and that Beijing is, in its own way, persuading its ally to fulfill its previous international denuclearization pledges.
The Chinese leader then endorsed President Park's trust-building initiatives on the Korean peninsula and policies for a peaceful reunification.
President Park said a unified Korean peninsula would be nuclear-free, symbolic of peace, generating a new growth engine in Northeast Asia.
for a Korea-China FTA within the year, to which her Chinese counterpart agreed.
On the trade front, the Korean president said the two sides should try to finalize negotiations for a Korea-China FTA within the year, to which her Chinese counterpart agreed.
Alright You-sun, thanks for that.
That was our presidential office correspondent Choi You-sun on President Park's trip to The Hague.
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