Lunch with Two Former South Korean Ministers of Foreign Affairs – Series Report of Pangoal Institution in South Korea
Lunch with Two Former South Korean Ministers of Foreign Affairs – Series Report of Pangoal Institution in South Korea

On February 24th, the research group of the Pangoal Institution visited the East Asia Foundation, and had a lunch with two former South Korean Ministers of Foreign Affairs, frankly expressing both views on the current increasingly tense situation in Northeast Asia. The latter are old friends of the Pangoal Institution, who are Gong Ro-Myung, Chairman of the East Asia Foundation, former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Kim Sung-Hwan, Distinguished Professor and Head of Volunteering Service in Hanyang Division of International Studies, former South Korean Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Hong Hyung Taek, Secretary General of the East Asian Foundation, also attended the lunch.


Predsident Yi Peng, in representative of the Pangoal Institution, once again expressed the strong opposition to the deployment of “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense”. He believes that the "THAAD" problem is the result of Sino-US competition and cooperation. It is indeed a big problem for South Korean leaders to deal with the relationship between China and the United States. But in any case, the tension on the Korean Peninsula should be resolved through dialogue negotiation.

 

Finally, the two sides agreed to form a close and regular cooperation, and looked forward to further cooperation and discussion in Beijing.

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