South Korean President Kim Dae-jung on Thursday said it was necessary to establish a close relationship with the new U-S administration in order to maintain the momentum in the peace process on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea is to send two officials to the U-S on Thursday to discuss North Korean policies with a representative of the incoming administration.
In Washington, they will present South Korea's position that it is undesirable to alter the 1994 Geneva agreement between the United States and North Korea, which some Republicans argue should be changed to replace an agreement to construct nuclear reactors in the North with one to build thermoelectric power plants instead.
"In order to keep good relation between North and South Korea, South Korea must cooperate closely with the U-S without making any misunderstanding. Therefore, I will work with new Bush administration on inter-Korean issues through full amount of conversation and exchanging views. In addition to this, I will keep the cooperative relation among South Korea, the U-S and Japan. Finally I am looking forward to meeting with President George W. Bush soon."
SUPER CAPTION: Kim Dae-jung , South Korean President
"Secondly the issue of supplying electric power to North Korea is related to the fact that South Korea gives economic support to the North. One way of giving aid is through government while the other is through a civic group, which should be a main body to give aid to North Korea. The South Korean government gives aid to the North, only the amount that it is allowed by national budget. Any decision on aid will be made by considering expectations of the receiver, North Korea."
SUPERCAPTION: Kim Dae-jung , South Korean President