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Presidential advisor: No changes in Seoul's reconciliation policytoward Pyongyang

Xinhuanet 2003-05-19 13:01:05

””””SEOUL, May 19 (Xinhuanet) -- The Roh Moo-hyun administration "has made no changes to the principle of sticking with the 'Sunshine Policy'" of engaging the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which was pursued by Roh's predecessor, President Kim Dae-jung, a senior presidential advisor said on Monday.

””””Ra Jong-yil, senior presidential adviser on national security, said this on a local radio in response to increasing local speculation that President Roh may have changed policy toward Pyongyang.

””””Although Roh reiterated, with US President George W. Bush, the stance for a peaceful solution of the DPRK nuclear issue during his recent one-week visit to the United States, the South Korean leader told reporters after his talks with Bush that "I made it clear that we will not play in the way the North (DPRK) intends."

””””In a joint statement with Bush, Roh said: "Future inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation will be conducted in light of developments on the DPRK nuclear issue."

””””Some people believe Roh's words indicated a major shift to be made by Seoul in dealing with the DPRK from its previous stance that inter-Korean projects should proceed regardless of tension over the DPRK nuclear issue.

””””Roh said in his inaugural speech in late February that his government will continue the reconciliation policy toward the DPRK.Enditem

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