Thursday, February 6, 2014

S.Korea sets unification at center of diplomacy

South Korea says it is aiming to lay the groundwork for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se briefed President Park Geun-hye on Thursday on this year's plan for South Korea's diplomacy.

The plan points out that the outlook for North Korea's Kim Jong Un regime is becoming increasingly unpredictable, following the recent execution of Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek.

It says Seoul will closely cooperate with the other members of the 6-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program -- the United States, China, Japan and Russia -- in an effort to deter the North's provocations and denuclearize the country.

On the other hand, the plan names the US, China, Russia, and the member countries of the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as the core nations Seoul will seek help from in its effort to transform the North into a responsible member of the international community.

The exclusion of Japan seems to reflect the soured relations between Tokyo and Seoul.

South Korea apparently doesn't want to see Japan and the North proceed with talks before the inter-Korean negotiations.