ARIRANG NEWSShared publicly - 2017-06-19T12:21:23.000Z
강경화 장관 "도발에는 단호히 대응하되, 제재와 대화를 모두 동원해야" Kang Kyung-wha is sworn into office as South Korea's new foreign minister Her first task: preparations for the upcoming Seoul-Washington summit.According to our Connie Kim the biggest challenge for the nation's first female top diplomat is North Korea issues as there exists clear and visible differences between the two leaders on ways to deal with the regime. Taking the helm of South Korea's foreign ministry, Minister Kang Kyung-wha vowed in her inaugural speech to act firmly if Pyongyang continues its provocations. "We should respond sternly to North Korea's provocations, but bring about North Korea's denuclearization by fully utilizing both sanctions and dialogue. Through this process, we should further develop our Seoul-Washington alliance, the bedrock of our diplomacy and security." Like Kang said,… strengthening bilateral ties with Washington is her main task, with the Seoul-Washington summit coming up later this month. South Korea's liberal leader Moon Jae-in recently said he would be willing to hold talks with North Korea... if Pyongyang halts its missile and nuclear tests.Washington, however, remains firm on its stance that denuclearization must come before dialogue.
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