Park Suggests Regional Talks on 'Non-Political' Issues

President Park Geun-hye wants to propose to her U.S. counterpart Barack Obama a "Seoul Process" to build trust and peaceful cooperation in Northeast Asia. The two meet next month.

The "Seoul Process" is to be "an initiative for peaceful cooperation in Northeast Asia starting with multilateral trust-building efforts on non-political issues such as climate change, terrorism prevention and nuclear power, which can then be expanded to more sensitive issues," she said.

Park was speaking during lunch with 46 media editors at Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday.

President Park Geun-hye speaks during a meeting with media editors at Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday. President Park Geun-hye speaks during a meeting with media editors at Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday.

She said, "We can start working on issues that are of mutual interest, then we can work together on more complex issues later," leaving a space for North Korea to join in the process if it wants.

Cheong Wa Dae, providing the customary gloss on presidential remarks, explained that the idea is to start dialogue with countries with interests in non-political issues because dialogue on sensitive issues such as North Korea’s nuclear weapons is unlikely to resume any time soon.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 25, 2013 12:56 KST