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Report: Aide to SKorean president-elect urges outgoing gov't to go slow on NKorean talks

Report: Aide to SKorean president-elect urges outgoing gov't to go slow on NKorean talks

An aide to South Korea's President-elect Lee Myung-bak asked the outgoing government not to push too quickly for talks with the North as a follow-up to the two Koreas' recent historic summit, a news report said Sunday.
The outgoing government "needs to refrain from restricting or placing a burden on the incoming government" through any such talks, the South's Yonhap news agency quoted Park Jin, a lawmaker of the Grand National Party, as saying.
The outgoing government "should not push for follow-up negotiations in a hasty manner" in an effort to produce an accomplishment at the end of its term, Park said. He did not elaborate.
Lee, who is scheduled to take office on Feb. 25 following a landslide election victory earlier this month, is reviewing Seoul's current policy of engaging Pyongyang. He has said full-fledged economic exchanges can start only after the North dismantles its nuclear programs.
Park, head of security and foreign affairs for the team handling the transition to the new government, was not immediately available for comment.
The second-ever summit between the two Koreas' leaders, held in October, produced wide-ranging accords calling for peace and outlining several joint projects.
North Korea has pledged _ under a disarmament deal with the U.S, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan _ to disable its main nuclear complex, and to declare all its nuclear programs by the end of the year. In return, Pyongyang will receive energy aid and political concessions, including its removal from a U.S. terrorism backlist.


Updated : 2021-06-21 23:53 GMT+08:00