S.Korea vows efforts for substantial progress in nuclear issue
South Korean Foreign Ministry today vows to make efforts for substantial
progress in nuclear issues on the Korean Peninsula in 2009 while strengthening
strategic alliance with Washington.
"We will set up a joint strategy with the
new US government to make substantial progress in the six-party talks within the
year 2009," said the ministry while briefing South Korean President Lee
Myung-bak's new year policy goal for next year.
"We will concentrate
diplomatic efforts on completing the verification and negotiations on the second
phase as early as possible and start full-scale talks on the third phase within
the new year," the ministry said.
The country will also push forward free
trade agreement process with Australia, Peru, New Zealand, Turkey and Colombia,
as well as India and the European Union, it added.