2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit D-50, Korea now striving for successful opening of the summit
"The biggest summit in the field of security aiming for safer and more peaceful world"
"It's D-50, and now focusing on promotion of the summit to communicate with the public."
1. To successfully host upcoming(D-50) Nuclear Security Summit, NSS Preparation Committee(Head : Kim Sung-Hwan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade) is not only closely cooperating with 4 international organizations including UN and more than 50 nations' governments, but also making progress in public diplomacy and diversely promoting the importance of nuclear security or expected achievement of the summit, etc.
2. In the field of the agenda of the summit, discussions about 'Seoul Communique", which will be adopted as the final document, has entered its final stretch. Through Sherpa Meeting which was held in New Delhi on January 16th and 17th, it is just about to reach an agreement about 'Seoul Communique' document, and final settlement will be reached before the opening of NSS. Also, the last Sherpa Meeting will be held on March 23rd in Seoul.
o Especially, specific measures such as minimizing the possession or usage of HEU(Highly Enriched Uranium) and Pu(Plutonium), tightening up security measures of nuclear facilities and banning illegal transaction of nuclear materials will be included in 'Seoul Communique'.
3. Meanwhile, to form a social consensus and expand the public participation, NSS Preparation Committee has been carrying out diverse promotion activities including New Year's Day event, and will continue carrying out various programs for the next 50 days to realize 'the summit with the public'.
o In last December, Peace Song sung by Lena Park was released. Also, citizen-participating music video will be made through two contests, 'Photo Contest' and 'UCC Contest', which had been held from January to February 7th.
o On February 2nd, for 748 NSS personnel for an event were selected through public recruitment, their welcoming ceremony was held in COEX. At the ceremony, JYJ, vocalists who are really popular in Asia, Europe and South America, was supplementally chosen as honorary ambassador of NSS. They are about to introduce the purpose of NSS through the globe with existing honorary embassadors(singer Park Jung-hyun, actor Jang Geun-suk, and child actors Jin Ji-hee, Wang Seok-hyeon)
o To enhance adolescents and university students' thinking skills about nuclear security and other global issues, in addition to 'Juvenile Nuclear Security Summit'(1.6~1.8) hosted by Chosun Edu and '2012 Korea Model United Nations'(1.31.~2.3), 'Middle & High School Essay Contest'(1.9~2.19) is now going on and 'Model Nuclear Security Summit'(3.2~3.4) is also scheduled to held in March.
o Naver Happybean 'Company for World Peace' event(2.13~3,10), which one can participate in donation by leaving comments longing for world peace will be held soon. In March, during the summit, art works selected through 'International Children's Peace Art Festival' and other pieces of art drawn by NSS participating countries' children will be displayed in the event hall.
New regime in N. Korea to maintain nuclear ambitions: Seoul official
HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- North Korea's position on its nuclear weapon program is unlikely to change under the new leadership, but the resumption of the six-party talks is much needed to address the issue, a South Korean foreign affairs official said Monday.
Hahn Choong Hee, South Korean spokesman for the biennial Nuclear Security Summit set for Seoul in March, said North Korea has not committed to denuclearization, a condition for Korean peninsula talks mooted by South Korean President Lee Myung Bak toward the North's late leader Kim Jung Il who died last month and was succeeded by his son Jong Un.
The country's nuclear ambition remains unclear, but "I don't think (North Korea) will change drastically their position or insistence on nuclear weapons, but we have to continue to discuss among members of six-party talks what is the best way to handle the North Korean nuclear weapons program," Hahn said at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong.
The six parties are China, Japan, Russia, the United States and South and North Korea, who started meeting in 2003 to broker a deal for denuclearization.
Hahn said nuclear issues regarding North Korea and Iran are not on the agenda of a two-day nuclear security summit in Seoul, but the 50 participating states could use the opportunity to raise those concerns, apart from focusing on nuclear proliferation, security and safety issues.
"The summit itself will give a serious message to North Korea on the importance of denuclearization. The North Korean nuclear issue should be resolved as early as possible and also once and for all," Hahn said.
In addition to occasional missile testing, North Korea is blamed for the sinking of a South Korean warship and the shelling of a South Korean island in 2010, apparently with the aim of gaining negotiation leverage.
The first nuclear security summit was held in 2010 in Washington, and the focus for this year's Seoul summit will be on nuclear security and safety in view of the post-Osama bin Laden era, the Arab Spring-led regional instability and the Fukushima nuclear fiasco.
"Fukushima gave us certain implications from nuclear safety to nuclear security. What if that particular situation, like the malfunction of a pump, or malfunction of the cooling water system and backup electricity could be done by a terrorist (with) malicious intentions? We have to tackle this issue," Hahn said.