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(Yonhap Forum) S. Korea should diversify options for N.K. policy: ex-adviser to Moon

All Headlines 16:41 June 29, 2017

SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea should expand the spectrum of its North Korea policy to have wider options for engagement that could help bring North Korea to the dialogue table, an expert said Thursday.

Choi Jong-kun, who played a key role in devising President Moon Jae-jin's campaign pledges regarding North Korea issues, made the remark during a security policy forum co-hosted by Yonhap News Agency and the Ministry of Unification.

"Over the past nine years under (President Moon Jae-in's) predecessors, South Korea worked on a lot of details of sanctions and pressure against the North. These details need to be maintained and amplified," the professor of politics at Yonsei University said at the first session of the conference.

"But at the same time, we need to diversify options for engagement with North Korea to induce North Korea into coming to the negotiation table."

Moon has vowed to take a dual-track approach of seeking North Korea's denuclearization while pushing for inter-Korean dialogue.

Earlier this month, the president said that Seoul is willing to resume talks if North Korea does not make additional nuclear and missile provocations. But North Korea has rejected Seoul's offer, claiming that dialogue cannot go together with sanctions.

"The government should keep joining the global front in applying sanctions and pressure, but we also keep the stance of seeking dialogue and engagement," Choi said.

He proposed three-phased six-party denuclearization talks, each aimed at a freeze, reduction and irreversible dismantlement.

This photo taken on June 29, 2017 shows Yonhap News Agency and the Ministry of Unification's co-hosted forum on unification. (Yonhap)


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