President Park says North Korea should take a lesson from Kazakhstan having achieved economic development after giving up its nuclear arms.
In an interview with a Kazakh TV station that aired on Wednesday, President Park spoke highly of the Central Asian nation's voluntary hand-over of some 1-thousand former Soviet nuclear warheads, in return for large-scale economic aid and security assurance from the West.
Emphasizing that the two Koreas must prepare for reunification, President Park introduced her recent three-point proposal to first resolve the North's humanitarian issue, set up infrastructure in the North and increase people-to-people exchanges.
Meeting Koreans and the descendants of Korean immigrants from the former Soviet Union in Astana Wednesday, President Park expressed hopes to increase cooperation with Kazakhstan on renewable energy, transportation infrastructure, science and technology.
The president has been traveling Central Asia to promote her initiative of re-connecting energy and logistics infrastructure across Eurasia for regional peace and a new global economic system.
Touting the Korean-Kazakh community's achievements, President Park pledged customized support for them to well adjust to their environment while maintaining their ethnic identity, and for Koreans and the ethnic Koreans to develop under co-existence.
"With economic ties and North Korea high on her agenda, President Park, when she meets her Kazakh counterpart Thursday, will seek to expand bilateral economic cooperation and ask for the Central Asian nation's support for her trust-building policies with North Korea.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News, Astana."