Same Congratulatory Message, Different Demands from South Korean Parties

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Political circles have been expressing their expectations for the future of the alliance between the U.S. and South Korea under the new administration in Washington via their congratulatory messages to Barack Obama on the occasion of his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. Spokesperson for the ruling Grand National Party Yoon Sang Hyun announced on Wednesday in a statement that, “All Koreans congratulate Barack Obama sincerely on his inauguration. With the launching of the Obama administration, we expect to see a new dawn for the strategic alliance between the U.S. and South Korea.”Spokesperson Yoon said, “Especially by ratifying the FTA and solving the North Korean nuclear problem, we hope that mutual prosperity and peace on the Korean peninsula can be achieved. We reiterate that North Korean nuclear weapons cannot be acceptable under any circumstances, so full verification and complete denuclearization is the only basis for solving this issue.”He asserted, “We are expecting in-depth dialogue and further efforts by both countries’ administrations to develop relations between Korea and the U.S.”Meanwhile, spokesperson for the left-leaning Democratic Party Kim Yoo Jong expressed her party’s congratulatory feeling thus, “The victory in the election and the inauguration of Obama were a reflection of the fact that his sincere desire to carry out changes and create unity was accepted by the U.S. people.” Additionally, she urged President Lee Myung Bak to shift his position on North Korea and to throw away conflict and separatist policies which are “remnants of the former dictatorial regimes of South Korea.” Finally, the spokesperson for the Liberty Forward Party Park Sun Young said that, “The inauguration of President Obama is enough to raise the hopes of the globe. We expect that the U.S. and South Korea will enhance friendship between equal states as old strategic partners and alliance members.” She emphasized that, “We have to cooperate closely to solve the North Korean nuclear and human rights problems and to build a framework for Korean peninsula peace and prosperity.”Some members of the Diplomacy, Commerce and Unification Committee of the National Assembly also attended the inauguration of Obama in Washington D.C.; Park Jin, Chung Oknim and Cho Yoon Sun from the GNP; and Song Young Gil, Jun Byung Hun and Jeon Hyun Heui from the Democratic Party. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarYang Jung A Same Congratulatory Message, Different Demands from South Korean Partiescenter_img SHARE News News News By Yang Jung A – 2009.01.21 5:33pm Newslast_img


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