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Kang Kyung-hwa Takes Office as New Minister of Foreign Affairs

15:24 June 20, 2017 replay time01:59

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Newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-hwa who took office yesterday (June 19) said all available means should be taken to denuclearize North Korea, including sanctions and dialogue.

Regarding Japan, she emphasized that they should look upon the past based on facts but also build a future-oriented relationship.

Jung In-yong has more.

[Reporter]

Newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-hwa announced that while taking a firm stance against North Korea’s provocations, both sanctions and dialogue should be used to bring about its denuclearization.

<Kang Kyung-hwa / Minister of Foreign Affairs> “While responding firmly against North Korea’s provocations, we should utilize both sanctions and dialogue to bring about denuclearization…”

In her inaugural ceremony, Minister Kang said, “Nuclear and missile threats from North Korea are becoming more and more sophisticated, and it is threatening the safety of our people.”

She also emphasized a sense of ownership in terms of solving the North Korea nuclear weapons issues and other problems.

<Kang Kyung-hwa / Minister of Foreign Affairs> “The North Korean nuclear missile issue that is threatening the safety of our citizens and growing more and more sophisticated. It is something we should to have a sense of ownership about and take proactive measure to solve the issues.”

Meanwhile, she repeatedly emphasized, “The Korea-U.S. alliance is the foundation of our diplomacy and national security” and that “it must be strengthened even further to solve the North Korean nuclear issue.”

<Kang Kyung-hwa / Minister of Foreign Affairs> “We must strengthen and develop our relationship with the U.S., which is the foundation of our diplomacy and national security.”

It appears that she has the upcoming Korea-U.S. Summit in mind.

Regarding the relationship with Japan since the launch of the new administration she said, “While looking the past squarely in the eye we must build a future-oriented relationship.”

<Kang Kyung-hwa / Minister of Foreign Affairs> “With Japan, we should look upon the past based on facts, but while doing so seeks to build a future-oriented, mature and cooperative partnership.”

Minister Kang said diplomacy must always be based on communication with the people.

<Kang Kyung-hwa / Minister of Foreign Affairs> “Above all, I think the kind of diplomacy that this age needs is diplomacy that contains the will of the people and diplomacy that communicates with the people.”

Minister Kang decided to continue to use her hybrid Sonata that she used to go to and from work, rather than the Equus-level car given to Cabinet members.

Jung In-yong reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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