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Park could seek to host summit with Obama, Xi and Kim JU
Bucking the trend to solve the North Korean nuclear issue
By Lee Kyung-sik
Publisher of The Korea Post
What would President Kim Jong-un of North Korea say if hypothetically Presidents Park Geun-hye, Barack Obama and Xi Jinping would propose a four-party summit meeting with President Kim Jong-un of North Korea to save the obviously worsening situation on the Korean peninsula?
When everything fails, one sometimes tries to buck the trend with an ‘impossible’ alternative. Who knows? Kim might come right out and say, “Why, that sounds a great idea! Why don’t we do it!”
The Korean people have a wise-saying, “When a rat is driven to a dead end, it will attack the cat.” Everyone knows that a rat is no match for a cat as it is just a prey animal to it, but when it comes to the life-and-death situation the rat will attack back. The rat, of course, will be killed by the cat on the spot, but still it can do some harm to the cat although it will be minimal.
It appears that this is what China has in mind although she does not openly say so out of respect for the reputation of North Korea as well as its relations with it.
North Korea has been developing nulcear weapons and missiles much more vigorously following the advent of the Kim Jong-un Era posing a sharp contrast with his father President Kim Jong-il.
It appears that this is why China is opposed to excessive international sanctions against North Korea, although it agrees with the Republic of Korea, the United States and many other countries that North Korea should be discouraged against nuke testing and missile-launching.
However, a closer look into the situation in North Korea, especially into Chairman Kim Jong-Un who runs the country ‘with a gun in hand,’ shows that it is getting more and more out of the hands.
It appears that Kim Jong-Un does not listen even to China as much as his father and grandfather did in the past and in this situation China appears to have a much limited room of choice compared with the former North Korean leaders, Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung.
The way President Xi Jinping treated President Park Geun-hye during her visit to China and his visit to Korea, there is no doubt that Xi is the most ‘pro-South Korean’ Chinese leader compared with all his predecessors and the way he speaks and acts he appears to have genuine interest in the promotion relations and friendship between South Korea and China.
At this juncture, it appears that it might be a good idea for President Park Geun-hye to have a big heart and propose a four-party talks among South Korea, the US, China and North Korea to try to solve the inter-Korean issue with an open mind.
(For further details, please visit: /news/view.html?section=158&category=167&no=1220.)
A quick roundup of major news stories from Korean media:
UN Security Council Moves Towards Adopting N. Korea Sanctions
The UN Security Council has begun discussing a draft resolution to punish North Korea for its latest...
Seoul Welcomes UNSC's Draft Resolution
Mineral Ban on N. Korea to Cut Growth by 4.3%p
US, China Agree on UN Sanctions on N. Korea
US Pacific Commander: Talks Do Not Entail THAAD Deployment
Chinese Foreign Minister Repeats Criticism on THAAD
Write : 2016-02-26 08:25:59
Update : 2016-02-26 08:55:40
Seoul Welcomes UNSC's Draft Resolution
UN Security Council Moves Towards Adopting N. Korea Sanctions
People's Party Blasts Minjoo Unveiling of Former Members in Cutoff
S. Korea to Open Cooperation Center in Chile for Joint Antarctic Research
S. Korean Auto Market World’s 10th Largest
Gov't Ready to Preemptively Respond to Market Emergencies
Mineral Ban on N. Korea to Cut Growth by 4.3%p
Gov’t to Provide 550 Billion Won in Special Loans to Gaeseong Firms
N. Korean Media Repeat Government’s Warning Statement
Beijing Now Home to Most Billionaires Around the World
US Intel Chief Denies N. Korean Nuke Test Was of Hydrogen Bomb
US Pacific Commander: Talks Do Not Entail THAAD Deployment
S. Korean sports chiefs to meet IOC next week over merger
The South Korean sports ministry plans to meet the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next week with two leaders of local sports governing bodies at odds over their merger, a government official said Friday.
U.N. ban on mineral exports to hurt N. Korea's revenue: Seoul
North Korea's foreign currency earnings would be cut drastically if the United Nations adopts sanctions on the country's mineral exports, the South Korean government said Friday.
Politicians collected least amount of donations last year since 2012
South Korean lawmakers collected the lowest amount of political donations last year since 2012, official data showed Friday, in an apparent reflection of growing political apathy.
Daniel Russel in S. Korea for talks on N. Korea
A senior U.S. diplomat arrived in Seoul Friday for talks with South Korean officials on how to deal with North Korea after the imminent adoption of a U.N. resolution.
The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)
U.N. draft text on North Korea imposes mandatory cargo inspections
A U.N. draft resolution aimed at tightening sanctions on Pyongyang would require that countries take the unprecedented s...
Samsung heir repurchases shares of C&T, Engineering
Samsung Group said Thursday Samsung Electronics vice chairman and heir apparent Lee Jae-yong ha...
Filibuster galvanizes voters’ attention to politics
For Yoon Hee-won, a 31-year-old South Korean graduate student who studied political science i...
Korea’s baby market undeterred by economic slowdown
From couples with babies on strollers to seniors holding toddlers’ hands, a recent annual baby...
Obama faces top court nomination challenge
Republicans are refusing to hold a vote or hearings on any candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court nominated...
A consensus on North Korean sanctions by the U.S and China will be beneficial to South K...
Risks on yen’s rise
The Korean won has continued to slide against the Japanese currency since the fourth quarter...
The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
UN drafts 'upgraded' sanctions against North Korea
A proposed package of new U.N. sanctions would require mandatory inspection of all cargo going in and out of North Korea and ban its exports of mineral resources, a key source of hard currency for Pyongyang.
'Korean society crumbling under internal conflicts'
“The source of most serious conflicts in our society is the gap between the rich and poor. The social disharmony and discontent resulting from the widening ga...
Kimchi refrigerators keep cash hoards cool
A growing number of Koreans are using Kimchi refrigerators as an alternative to a safe in which to...
Park yet to deliver on growth pledges
Three years have passed since the inauguration of President Park Geun-hye. According to Cheong Wa ...
English immersion bans constitutional: court
The Constitutional Court has ruled that the government’s order to ban English immersion programs for first and second graders in private elementary
China backs U.N. bill to punish North Korea
Three North Korean government organizations that carry out intelligence operations and develop nuclear and ballistic missile technology are believed to be the...
US pushes to expand Korean War Memorial
The U.S. House of Representatives will soon deliberate a bill calling for the expansion of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
All N. Korea's vessels, planes carrying freight to be intercepted
The U.S. and China agreed to the first draft of UN Security Council resolution to impose sanctions against North Korea on Wednesd…
A Korean film about comfort women tops in the box office
“Spirits’ Homecoming,” a Korean movie about Korean women who were forced to be sexual servitude for Japanese soldiers under the c…
Video recordings that prove Japan’s exploitation will be open to public
Video recordings that bring to light the policy of “cotton in the South and sheep in the North” under Japanese colonial rule was …
Japanese electronics firm Sharp taken over by Taiwanese firm
Sharp, the Japanese electronics company with 104-year history, is set to be sold to Taiwan’s Hong Hai Group that has Foxconn, an …
China discloses bombers' flight drill in show of force
China has revealed scenes of a fleet flight exercise by 20 bombers through an official news outlet on Wednesday. U.S. Fox News re…
Orion’s Goraebab sees 1 million sales in China
Goraebab, a Korean snack of Orion, one of the nation’s biggest confectionery companies, has seen its total sales exceed 200 billi…
U.S., China Reach Deal on N. Korea Sanctions
Washington and Beijing on Wednesday agreed on a draft UN Security Council resolution sanctioning North Korea over its nuclear test and rocket launch, sources said. The two veto powers will now take the draft to a full session of the 15-member council. >> Full Text
Official THAAD Talks to Start 'Within a Week'
The U.S. and South Korea will hold the first meeting of a joint working group on the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense batteries here "within a week," U.S. Forces Korea Commander Curtis Scaparrotti told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. >> Full Text
Shinsegae in Gangnam Now Even Bigger and Shinier
Shinsegae Department Store in the glitzy Gangnam area of Seoul has reopened after a 17-month facelift that cost a cool W130 billion. Shinsegae hopes to overtake perennial rival Lotte Department Store by buffing up its flagship store to a world-class shine. >> Full Text
Court Upholds Ban on English Immersion for Elementary Kids
Microsoft to Open Cybercrime Center in Seoul
Biggest Credit Card Spenders Mostly Live South of the Han River
US and China seeking compromise on THAAD and N. Korea issues
To avoid worsening of the situation, two sides agree to consider two issues together, not separately
The meeting in Washington on Feb. 23 between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi can be summed up as having two aspects: bringing a swift conclusion to the matter of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution sanctioning North Korea for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, and discussing how to resume dialogue with Pyongyang afterwards.
Why we can’t trust the NIS with even more power
The anti-terror bill currently on the floor of the National Assembly would concentrate even more power in the National Intelligence Service (NIS), which is already nearly immune from external monitoring and control of its illegal behavior, not only by the National Assembly but also by the prosecutors. If this bill is passed, the NIS will be able to collect financial and communication records without a warrant and to ask businesses to provide sensitive personal information.
Pres. Park shows frustration over filibuster in parliament
On Feb. 24, President Park Geun-hye sharply criticized the political opposition’s filibuster of an anti-terror bill in the National Assembly. “Do they mean to sit on that bill until a lot of Koreans have become victims? This is ridiculous behavior that could never happen in any other country,” Park said.
THAAD deployment could be postponed or reconsidered
The potential deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system with US Forces Korea (USFK) took a major hit at Feb. 23 talks between the US and Chinese foreign ministers, who made plans to forgo their conflict over the North Korean nuclear issue in favor managing the situation on the Korean Peninsula and finding avenues toward dialogue and negotiation.
Minjoo courts turmoil by ‘flunking’ 10 of its lawmakers
The Minjoo Party of Korea faced internal turmoil Thursday over its nomination process after it flunked 10 of its 108 lawmakers, saying they were not qualified to run in April’s general election. Hong Chang-sun, chairman of the Minjoo Party’s nomination committee…
U.S., China agree to new sanctions on North Korea
Beijing and Washington have agreed on a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that will impose tougher-than-ever sanctions on Pyongyang…
Gov’t tinkers as consumer sentiment subsides
After a weak economic performance in February, the government and central bank came up with small measures that might help improve consumer…
Samsung’s Lee buys 200 billion won of two affiliates
Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Electronics vice chairman has bought 200 billion won ($160 million) worth of stocks in two Samsung affiliates…
Foreign carmakers refuse refund
The government’s decision to lower the individual consumption tax on cars has come under fire after many popular foreign brands have declared they will not follow the policy…
Faster 256GB chip for smartphones unveiled
Samsung Electronics announced Thursday that it has started mass-producing 256-gigabyte embedded memory chips for smartphones…
Eun Soo-mi, "The Anti-Terrorism Bill Will Put a Dog Collar on the Master, the People"
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[Editorial] Terrorism Prevention Act: Danger! A Law that Allows the NIS to Abuse Its Powers
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Comfort Women Negotiations, State Written History, and Kaesong Decorated as 'Achievements' While Ignoring the Public's Criticism
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[Denuclearization of North Korea and the Peace Treaty] North Korea Has Argued 'Peace Treaty First' Since 6 Years Ago, While South Korea and the U.S. Insist 'Denuclearization First'
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Filibustering "Double-edged Sword" for Opposition Lawmakers
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Shanghai Stock Exchange Falls More Than 6% again
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The Future Seen through the “Mobile Olympics”
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Ambassador Gerhard Sabathil of the European Union Delegation (16th from left) and Mayor Park Won-soon of the Seoul Metropolitan City (13th from left) pose with other EU ambassadors at a luncheon he hosted in Seoul yesterday.
First such meeting in four years
Amb.Sabathilof EU hosts informal luncheon for Mayor Park of Seoul, EU envoys
Ambassador Gerhard Sabathil of the European Union Delegation in Seoul hosted an informal luncheon in Seoul yesterday (Feb. 7, 2016) for the 22 ambassadors of the member countries or the EU as well as Mayor Park Won-sun of the Seoul Metropolitan City.
No details of the meeting were immediately available as it was an undisclosed meeting.
However, it was learned that the participating ambassadors of Europe and Mayor Park had a round of free discussions on a wide range of topics related with environment, culture and various other topics with an eye to increasing cooperation between the participating countries and the Seoul City.
This is the first such meeting since the last one hosted by the former EU ambassador in Seoul in 2012.
3D customized total replacement and stem cell treatment
YonseiSarang Hospital stands out in specialized treatment of joint patients
What part of the body is most frequently used in man’s every-day life?
Perhaps it comes in the order of neck, waist, shoulders and legs. Many people complain pain in the neck that comes from the fast-increasing use of smart phones. Then come the patients who complain pain in the neck that comes also from excessive use of smart phones.
Also on the fast increase are people suffering from obesity from lack of exercise who complain pain in the waist and knee joints. People who spend much time on computers also complain pain in the shoulders.
(The Korea Post is organizing a tour of for the ambassadors and madams to this Hospital on Friday March 4, 2106 where the diplomats are offered a free medical check-up. Please scroll down to the end of this article for a detailed itinerary. Please scroll down to the end for a detailed article and more photos on the Hospital?Ed.)
Dr. Koh Yong-gon, CEO and president of YonseiSarang Hospital
These working people are treated at the neurosurgery and orthopedic departments of the hospitals.
There are so many hospitals in Korea that treat patients suffering from joint and spine problems and naturally competition among them is very keen.
Among them is the YonseiSarang Hospital in Seoul. This hospital was established by the graduates of Yonsei University in Seoul, a most prestigious private university in Korea, and has been growing very fast in spite of the keen competition among hospitals. YonseiSarang specializes in the treatment of patients suffering from joint and spine problems. The Hospital is one of the largest in Korea that specialize in the treatment of patients suffering from joints and spine.
Established in 2003, the Hospital has a motto and slogan reading, “We provide the best treatment and give hopes to the patients!” Thus the Hospital tries to free the patients from the pains and worries of their spine and joint.
The YonseiSarang Hospital is well known not only among the Seoulites but also the people in the countryside. This is why a large number of patients visit the Hospital also from all parts of the country.
PresidentKoh Yong-gon (M.D.) of the Hospital makes it a rule to visit the patients in the countryside once or twice each month, who have undergone treatment at his hospital, to see how they are faring after their treatment at his hospital as well as providing the local people with medical consultation.
The Hospital has doctors specializing in the many different fields such as knees, shoulders, feet, spine and various other parts of the human body and this is why the Hospital is so widely known among the patients for fast recovery from their problems.
The YonseiSarang Hospital is located in the Gangnam District south of the Han River in Seoul, and has a staff of a total of over 300 persons, including 20 doctors.
Two main buildings of the YonseiSarang Hospital in Gangnam District in Seoul
The Hospital makes substantial investments in R&D, which makes distinction from otherhospitals covering spine and joints.
President Dr. Koh says: “We have developed a ‘3D customized total replacement system’ which has substantially improved the existing system--solving various problems in the existing system.” He said, “Furthermore, the YonseiSarang Hospital is known for the largest number of papers published overseas on the subject of ‘autologous adipose stem cell’ which is a system where cell is extracted from the patient’s buttocks, abdomen and thighs (where there is much fat) and injecting them into the knee joint.”
“Thus,” says Dr. Koh, “We have successfully differentiated ourselves from other hospitals in terms of superiority of the doctors’ competence and skills.”
Furthermore, the YonseiSarang Hospital has an International Medical Treatment Team making itself an internationalized hospital and public relations efforts are being made for a wider dissemination of this information.
Dr. Francesco Perdisa from Bologna University in Italy (fourth from right) poses with the doctors of the YonseiSarang
Hospital at the time of his visit to the Hospital for a joint research on stem cell.
As a result of this development, an increasing number of patients are visiting from various countries of the world, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and the United States. The Hospital is also preparing to establish in various countries of the world rehabilitationcenters and cell treatment centers for the treatment of the local patients.
At present, the Hospital has coordinators who speak fluent foreign languagessuch as Russian and Mongolian as well as English, which greatly helps in eliminating languages barriers faced at the time of treating patients of different nationalities.
CEO Dr. Koh (right) poses with Dr. Allan Mishra from Stanford University during a joint research
Also, doctors come to the Yonsei Hospital from various countries of the world, including Indonesia, Germany and Mongolia to learn the advanced medical skills from Yonsei. The YonseiSarang Hospital also concluded a medical cooperation agreement with various hospitals in Italy, Japan, China and Malaysia.
The YonseiSarang Hospital plans to establish for the first time among the joint-spine hospitals in Korea a Stem Cell Institute to free the knee-joint patients from their pain and anxiety and to help them have new hopes. At this hospital, cell is extracted from the fatty part of the human body such as buttocks and abdomen and injected into the joints of the patients, especially the senior citizens, who suffer much pain due to aged and over-taxed cartilage. The injected cells cause regeneration of the cartilage. Extensive studies and researches are being conducted at the Hospital in that area.
At present, the new method is being used for the patients suffering from knee bone problems but the range of its use is expected to be expanded to the shoulders, spine and other parts of the human body.
Another epochal development of treatment method is through the use of ‘tailor-made’ 3D man-made joint, which was developed for the first time in Korea. The artificial joint enhances the accuracy of operation as it is done after completely checking the state of the patient.
In contrast with the existing man-made joint where the ready-made joints are used, the newly developed 3D order-made joints are created through the use of a new method where the joint of the patient is ‘reconstructed’ based on MRI photography where the patient’s knee bone is reconstructed through 3D printing. This helps the creation of an artificial knee bone that is best fit to the patient.
The new method reduces the possible complication to the minimum compared with the existing method, and substantially reduces the operation time. The life span of the man-made joint, too, is more than 25 years compared with the 15 years of the existing ones. This is why the new artificial joints at the YoniseiSarangHospitalare very popular among the knee patients.
Patients from Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan at the entrance of the YonseiSarang Hospital
Too, the YonseiSarang Hospital is equipped with special rehabilitation center facilities where the patients experience much shorter period of rehabilitation compared with other hospitals. This greatly helps the patients shorten the period of rehabilitation as well as the recovery period of the patents after operation. The patents greatly appreciate this and many of them have written letters of appreciation to the doctors who have treated them.
The RehabilitationCenterof the YonseiSarang Hospital is making preparations to enter Ulan Baatar, the capital city of Mongolia, in 2016 and this will be extended to Kazakhstan and Russia.
Mongolian staff members at the YonseiSarang Hospital booth at the 2015 Mongolian International Health Fair.
The Hospital has been selected by the Ministry of Health and Welfare as a Joint-specializing Hospital and a Globalized Hospital for Overseas Operations.
The Hospital has also won a Grand Prize in the field of joints for three consecutive years in the Medical Korea program organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare from 2009 to 2011.
The YonseiSarang Hospital continues to make extended efforts to maintain the status of the most qualified hospital in the treatment of joints and spine.
Rehabilitation Center at the YonseiSarang Hospital
A doctors from Siloamal Int'l Hospital in Indonesia visited the YonseiSarang Hospital to discuss the possibility
of a joint research with the YonseiSarang Hospital.
Invitation to the Ambassadors and Spouses to the Tour of YonseiSarang Hospital
CEO & Doctor Koh Yong-gon of YonseiSarang Hospital in Kangnam District south of the Hann river cordially invites
the Ambassadors and their Spouses to a tour of various facilities of his Hospital on Friday March 4, 2026. Itinerary follows:
10:00-1200 Hours: Arrive at Hospital, introduction between the host and guests, presentation of a memorable gift to each
Ambassador, video showing on Hospital, tour of hospital facilities, medical check-up for diplomats,
question and answer session and various other interesting programs for the ambassadors and madams.
10:10-1330 Hours: Luncheon hosted by the CEO-President for the ambassadors and madams
1330-1700 Hours:Tour of various facilities of the Hospital and medical consultations.
For questions on the Tour, please call Ms. Kim Jung-mi at 2298-1740/2, 010-3388-1682, or
Chairman Lee Kyung-sik at 010-5201-1740 (English)
At the Iranian National Day reception
Korean guests more than double the number at other functions
“We were informed that President Park Geun-hye has been planning her visit to Iran in the near future, which is going to be the first-ever such a state visit in the long record of relations between the two countries,” said Ambassador Hassan Taherian of Iran in Seoul at the National Day reception he hosted at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Feb. 16, 2016. Then he said that the Presidential visit will surely open a new chapter in the bilateral relations and will provide ample opportunities for better understanding between two countries and have a positive impact on Iran-Korea cooperation as well (excerpts from the speech toward the end of this article).
The luncheon reception to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution was attended by an estimated 700 Korean and international guests as well as most of the ambassadors in Seoul, which, in the case of the Korean guests, was nearly double the number guests at previous such functions.
Why the sudden increase of interest in Iran in Korea?
Korea used to enjoy the so-called ‘Middle East Boom’ through the construction companies and trading firms and Iran was one of the prominent countries in the Middle East where the Korean companies actively took part in the economic development in the region.
The unusually large attendance of the Korean and international guests at the party is also partly due to the personal popularity of Ambassador Taherian who has a long and close connection with Korea. Also he is accredited to North Korea as Iranian ambassador and is in a good position to help improve the inter-Korean relations.
Attending the reception were many prominent Korean government and business leaders. Among them were Minister Chung Chin-youb of Health and Welfare, President Sung Nak-in of Seoul National University, Chairman Lee Hae-dong of the Busan Metropolitan Council, Directors-General Park Young-sik of the Ministry of Health & Welfare and Lee Sang-jin of the Ministry of Trade Industry & Energy, Director Kim Jae-jeong of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transportation, and leaders of many leading Korean business companies (see list at the end of this article).
From the Seoul Diplomatic Corps came many ambassadors with their spouses (see list at the end of this article).
Excerpts from the speech of Ambassador Taherian of Iran:
I am honored to welcome you at the celebration of the National Day of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
We meet today to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran that falls on 11th of February.
37 years ago, the people of my country in a series of massive demonstrations and popular political movements under the wise leadership of Imam Khomeini overthrew the dictatorial regime of Pahlavi and elected and established the new system of the Islamic Republic which is based on modern Iranian-Islamic civilization and religious democracy.
Significantly this year, the anniversary of the victory of our Islamic Revolution has coincided with another victory for the Iranian nation and government in the international scene. This new achievement is the success of our government to manage and conclude one of the most complicated diplomatic crisisof this decade which was the Iran nuclear program dossier. Iran succeeded to reach a historical nuclear accord with six world power, turning the Iran nuclear program from an unnecessary crisis into a platform for cooperation. By putting some limitations on its nuclear activities and accepting the highest level of transparency and inspection on its nuclear program, Iran once again demonstrated clearly that never ever intended to build atomic bomb.
The negotiation settlement to the Iran nuclear program is a Victory for diplomacy and helped to remove the shadows of war and pseudo threats from our region. Most importantly, this settlement provides the opportunity for the region to focus its attention on current real and dangerous threat which is terrorism and violent extremism, which threatens everybody.
By the relocation of the economic sanction, the amount of interest in Iran has been unbelievable. We have hosted more than 50 foreign trade delegations to Iran during the last two or three months.
Located in the central part of Eurasia, Iran, blessed with rich civilization and culture, has long enjoying of geostrategic importance because of its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia and its proximity to the Strait of Hormoz. Iran with a diversified economy and broad industrial base, huge natural resource, young and educated population, large domestic market, access to the regional market and increasingly sophisticated infrastructure providing the foundation for an emerging economy which offers endless investment opportunities to local and international investors.
Iran and Korea established the diplomatic relations in 1962. Throughout these years, the two countries maintained a relatively friendly and strong relationship. The presence of the Tehran Street in Gangnam district of Seoul as well as the Seoul Street in North of Tehran, are the symbol and remainder of long friendship between the two countries.
We have had a number of official meetings recently, among them, the last year visit of the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to Tehran. Fortunately, we were informed that Her Excellency, President Park, Geun-Hye, has been planning her visit to Iran in near future. This is going to be the first ever such a state visit in the long record of relations between the two countries. Surely, the upcoming presidential visit will open a new chapter in the bilateral relation and will provide ample opportunities for better understanding between officials and will have a positive impact on Iran-Korea cooperation, as well.
As far as the trade relation between the two countries is concerned, we always value and support particularly business relations between our two countries. Korean companies have a long record of involvement and successful activity in Iranian market and working in many infrastructure and construction projects in Iran. They enjoy a very good reputation as the reliable and confident partner and this is a valuable asset for their future activity in the Iranian market.
By the end of this month, on February 29, the Korea-Iran Joint Economic Commission is scheduled to be held in Tehran. Simultaneously and alongside with this Commission, there is going to be a Business Forum by the participation of huge number of businessmen from the private sector of both countries.
I believe the lifting of the sanctions, provides a plenty of opportunities for Korean firms to resume or increase their activities in the Iranian market.
We welcome and will encourage the Korean companies to boost their business in Iran.
In closing, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for your attendance in our reception and hope you enjoy your time with us today.
Ambassador Hassan Taherian of Iran (third from left) cuts the celebration cake with Ambassador Hong Jong-Kyung of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province for International Relations and Minister Chung Chin-youb of Health and Welfare (left and second from left), Chairman Lee Hae-dong of Busan Metropolitan council, President & CEO Kim Jung-rae of Korea National Oil Corp. and CEO Jeon Sang-heon of Chungbuk Free Economic Zone Authority (four to sixth from left)
Ambassador Hassan Taherian of Iran and Minister Chung Chin-youb of Health and Welfare (seventh and eighth from right, respectively, at front row)
pose with the ambassadors at the reception.
From left: Ambassador DatoPaduka Haji ModhRosli Bin Haji Sabtu of Brunei Darussalam, Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post,
Ambassadors Rodolfo SolancoQuiros of Costa Rica, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami of IndiaandDatoRohanabintiRamli of Malaysia;
Chief Executive Counselor Choi Soon-hong of LS IS and AmbassadorSylvestreKouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire
Attractive figurines and other art objects on display at the reception venue
Mrs. MahManeshTaherian (spouse of the ambassador of Iran) and their son, Mahdi Taherian
Partial list of ambassadors attending the reception:
Ambassadors Mohammad SaleemSayeb of Afghanistan, Derragui Mohammed Elamine of Algeria, Albino Malungo of Angola, Elisabeth Bertagnoli of Austria, RamziTeymurov of Azerbaijan, Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh, NatalliaJhylevich of Belarus, Guadalupe Palomeque de Taboada of Bolivia, DatoPaduka Haji ModhRosli Bin Haji Sabtu of Brunei Darussalam , PetarAndonov of Bulgaria, Tito Saul PinillaPinilla of Colombia, Rodolfo SolancoQuiros of Costa Rica, SylvestreKouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, GreciaFiodaliciaPichardo of Dominican Republic, Oscar Gustavo Herrera Gilbert of Ecuador, Milton Alcides Magana Herrera of El Salvador , Gerhard SABATHIL of Delegation of The Europan Union, MattiHeimonen of Finland, Carlos Victor Boungou of Gabon, Rolf Mafael of Germany, NikolozApkhazava of Georgia, Gabor Csaba of Hungary, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami of India, Bessho Koro of Japan, Omar Al Nahar of Jordan, Mohammed Chraibi of Morocco, DatoRohanabintiRamli of Malaysia, Mohamed Salim Alharthy of Oman, ZahidNasrulah Khan of Pakistan, Irineo Raul SilveroSilvagni of Paraguay, Raul S. Hernandez of the Philippines, Krzysztof Majka of Poland, Calin Fabian of Romania, Alexander AndreevichTomonin of Russia, MamadouNdiaye of Senegal, Zoran Kazazovic of Serbia, Milan Lajciak of Slovak Republic, Nozuko Gloria Bam of South Africa, Gonzalo Ortiz Diaz-Tortosa of Spain, Niroshani Manisha Dias AbeywickremaGunasekera of Sri Lanka, JoergAloisReding of Switzerland, KiromovSalohiddin of Tajikistan (CDA), Mohamed Ali Nafti of Tunisia, HakanOkcal of Turkey, Andrea Veronica BaisGastaldi (CDA) of Uruguay, BotirjonAsadov of Uzbekistan, Ms. Yadira Hidalgo de Ortiz of Venezuela (CDA), Mumba Smyth Kapumpa of Zambia
Partial list of Korean guests attending the reception:
Chairman & CEO B.S. Park of Korea Registry of Shipping, President & CEO Kim Jung-rae of Korea National Oil Corp., General Manager Son Jin-seck of Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering, President SohnMyong-sei of Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service, Chairman Cho Hae-hyeong of Nara Holdings Corp., Head of Team Lim Tae-hoon of Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Vice President Heo, Sun-haeng of GS E&C, President & Chief Executive / Civil & Infra Lee, Sahng-ki of GS E&C / Seoul, President Kim, Kwang-min of Union Flow Control System Group, Director Kim, Jae jeong of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, CEO Jeon, Sang-heon of Chungbuk Free Economic Zone Authority, Chairman & CEO Shin, Jae Hyun of West Aisa Economic Forum, Vice President Kim, Young ho of KCC, President Lee, Young chan of Korea Health Industry Development Institute, President Sung, Nak-in of Seoul National University, CEO Park, No hwang of The Yonhap News Agency, Director Joon Lee of LOTTE Engineering & Construction, Director General Hwang, Hyeon-gyu of KHIDI, CEO Kim, Jae-sik of Hyundai Development Co., Director Lee Kap-soo of Korea Times, President Lee Jin-sook of MBC, Daejeon, President & CEO Kim, Jae-sik of Hyundai Development Company, President Choi, Du-youlof FTE(Fluid Thermal Engineering), Vice President Lee, Soo-yeon of DAELIM, Executive Vice President Yun, Won-sok of KOTRA, Director General Park, Young-sik of Ministry of Health & Welfare, Chairman Lee, Hae-dong of BUSAN METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, Director General Lee Sang-jin of Ministry of Trade Industry & Energy
Many countries lock horns to woo sanction-lifted country
Korea should try to show how she can do best for Iran
By Lee Kyung-sik
Publisher of The Korea Post
Following the lifting of sanctions against Iran, many countries of the world are seen locking horns with one another to be the first to enter the country for economic cooperation.
The first and obviously the most active country seems to be France who invited President Hassan Rouhani to visit France on Jan. 28, 2016. Korean-language media reports indicate that the leaders of Iran and France signed contracts totaling some 30 billion Euro (about 40 trillion Korean Won), including the purchase of 118 Airbuses.
According to an article by former President Joohum Lee of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) published by MaeilKyungje on Feb. 15, 2016, President Rouhani of Iran has also visited Italy, in advance of his French contacts, and singed contracts totaling some 16 billion Euro (22 trillion Korean Won). According to Lee, Iran has special relations with France and Italy.
In 1997, Italy invited former President Mohammed Khatami of Iran to visit Italy and has thenceforth been pursuing a pro-Iran policy.
France provided political asylum to the late former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeiny of Iran in 1979, and has been maintaining close ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Approaching Iran for increased cooperation are not limited to France and Italy. Germany, the United States and China are also making extensive efforts to join the ‘Iran rush.’ Among the three stands out China. President Xi Jinping of China wants to rebuild a ‘New Silk Road’ to connect the Arab world and Europe through Iran.
As soon as the international sanction was lifted on Iran, President Xi visited Iran before any other head of state. Xi did not ask for money but traded automobiles, missile parts and textile goods for Iranian oil. The arrangement helped China make a big jump to the status of Iran’s biggest trade partner.
In contrast, the United Kingdom, who had monopolized the Iranian oil market until the 1950s, has become a target of total disregard. Reports say that the UK failed to change the negative image of its old ‘oil majors’ in the new surroundings.
So what should Korea do in this situation?
Former President Lee of KNDA suggests that Korea should try not to lose time. Korea should realize that she is neither a very close country to Iran nor one who is so far away. Korea should try to come up with attractive offers for Iran compared those of the competitors. For this purpose, Korea needs a systemized vision. Korea should come up with a concerted plan of cooperation with all the competent business companies to show Iran an attractive picture that other countries can’t.