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Bush: North Korea must declare nuclear programs

April 19, 2008

By Jeremy Pelofsky 

CAMP DAVID, Maryland (Reuters) – The United States and South Korea on Saturday demanded North Korea submit its long overdue accounting of its nuclear weapons programs but offered no clues about how long they would be willing to wait for it.
President George W. Bush (R) and South Korean President Lee ... 
President George W. Bush (R) and South Korean President Lee Yoon-bak walk towards a news conference at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, after private talks at the Presidential retreat, April 19, 2008.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

Meeting for the first time at the secluded presidential retreat, President George W. Bush and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak also warned that once the declaration had been made, the information would have to be verified.

They appeared to back away from a reported proposal under which, according to sources familiar with the matter, Washington would list its concerns about the nuclear programs which Pyongyang would then acknowledge.

Some U.S. conservatives have criticized that idea as giving in to North Korea and aimed at getting a deal before Bush leaves office in early 2009.

“You know, there’s all kinds of rumors about what is happening and what’s not happening,” Bush said at a news joint conference with Lee. “Obviously I’m not going to accept a deal that doesn’t advance the interests of the region.”

North Korea, which tested a nuclear device in 2006, failed to meet a December 31, 2007 deadline to reveal its nuclear weapons programs, a deal struck with the United States, China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.

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Seoul’s new chief brings sea change

April 17, 2008

By Betsy Pisik
The Washington Times
April 17, 2008

NEW YORK — Four years ago, a poll of cadets at South Korea’s premier military academy found more entrants considered the United States their nation’s worst enemy — worse than North Korea.
Today, Washington leaders will meet a new South Korean president who is determined to change that frame of mind.
“The days of ideology are over. The politicization of alliance relations shall be behind us. We shall not let ideology and politics blind us from common interests, values and norms,” Lee Myung-bak told the Korean Society at the beginning of a five-day trip to the U.S.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (left) greets U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York at the start of his five-day visit to the U.S. Mr. Lee arrived in Washington late yesterday. (Associated Press)
Mr. Lee, sworn in for a five-year term just two months ago, also enjoys a majority in South Korea’s legislature for his conservative Grand National Party.
The recent presidential and parliamentary elections mark a sharp turn in South Korea’s political climate, with voters weary after spending billions of dollars in hopes of promoting peace with North Korea only to see the North develop and test an atomic bomb.

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South Korea shifts right with new president Lee Myung Bak

December 20, 2007
By Donald Kirk
The Christian Science Monitor
December 20, 2007

Seoul, South Korea – The conservative former mayor of Seoul roared to an easy victory in South Korea‘s presidential election Wednesday in what is widely viewed as a referendum for economic reform and an end to the left-leaning leadership of the past decade.

With Lee Myung Bak receiving nearly as many votes as all 10 other candidates combined, analysts see his triumph as a return to traditional conservative values and repudiation of the liberal policies of the outgoing president, Roh Moo Hyun, and Mr. Roh’s predecessor, Kim Dae Jung, who forged the country’s reconciliation with North Korea.

“This will be good for the economy,” says Huh Chan Guk, director of economic research at the Korea Economic Research Institute. The institute is affiliated ….

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