S korea free trade agreement is bad for both

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Unformatted text preview: US State Department Press Release, The Scoop, 6/29/11 (Transcription of a speech between Clinton and Foreign Prime Minister Kim Sung-Hwan, 29 June 2011, “Remarks With South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan”,, 7.6.11, SWolff) […] FOREIGN MINISTER KIM: (Via interpreter) I would like to first express my gratitude to Madam Secretary of State for her kind words and warm welcome. We had just had an extremely valuable meeting on the full range of issues of common interest. The Republic of Korea and the United States share common values and mutual trust, and our two countries are maintaining the strongest alliance relationship ever. Despite a series of North Korea’s provocation last year, we were able to respond jointly with robust combined defense capabilities based on close consultation. With regards to North Korea, ROK and U.S. agreed to pursue dialogue with North Korea despite North Korea’s recent provocative statements. We concurred that as the essential first step there needs to be a sincere and constructive inter-Korean dialogue on denuclearization. In addition, Secretary Clinton and I reaffirmed that the Six-Party Talks, once resumed, should yield substantive progress in denuclearization. To this end, we reaffirmed that North Korea must demonstrate its sincerity towards denuclearization through concrete actions. We also share the view that at this juncture, close Korea-United States coordination is more important than ever in dealing with North Korea and its nuclear issues. We will continue to communicate closely through various channels at each level and cooperate with other participants of the Six-Party Talks based on our common position. Republic of Korea and the United States are implementing alliance readjustment projects, including the wartime operational control transfer and relocation of U.S. Forces Korea bases. We also share the view that the issue of Agent Orange in Camp Carroll is a grave concern to the health and safety of both the Korean people and the U.S. forces in Korea and have conducted the joint investigation in a thorough and transparent manner. Secretary Clinton and I have agreed to continue our efforts to complete the ratification of the KoreaU.S. FTA within this summer both in Korea and the United States. Two countries – in our countries, the understanding on the economic and strategic benefits of the FTA is widely shared. We hope that this ratification of Korea-U.S. FTA will enter into force in the near future so that it brings economic benefits, including more jobs and more trade to both countries. Two countries, based on a comprehensive strategic alliance of the 21st century have cooperated on global issues , including Afghanistan, Middle East, nonproliferation, and development, and is making contribution to international peace and stability. The two countries are closely cooperating for the successful hosti...
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