A héten Washingtonba látogatott Lee Myung-bak dél-koreai elnök, hogy  tárgyalásokat folytasson a két ország viszonyáról és az Észak-Korea jelentette főként nukleáris fenyegetettségről. A látogatás idejére esik a két ország szabadkereskedelmi egyezményének aláírása is.

President Obama, shown with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak, said North Korea “continues to pose a direct threat to the security of both our nations.”

Obama: U.S. Commitment to South Korea “Will Never Waver”.  By Stephen Kaufman, DOS Staff Writer | 13 October 2011

Washington — President Obama reaffirmed the strong alliance between the United States and South Korea and said both countries are “entirely united” in their efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. (…)

“The commitment of the United States to the defense and security of the Republic of Korea will never waver. And as we have for decades, the United States will maintain our strong presence in the Asia-Pacific, which is a foundation for security and prosperity in Asia in the 21st century,” Obama said.

The president said North Korea “continues to pose a direct threat to the security of both our nations,” and that its leadership faces a clear choice.

Congress Approves U.S.-Korea Free-Trade Agreement. DOS IIP Digital

The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approves a long-delayed free-trade agreement with South Korea that is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs and expand economic growth for the two trading partners. (…)The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement was signed June 30, 2007, during the administration of President George W. Bush. Action was delayed on the trade measure as Congress raised concerns about the impact of the trade accords on American workers and the potential loss of jobs overseas. It is the largest pact of its kind for the United States since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Achievements, Celebration and Homework: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s State Visit to the United States. Brookings Institution. Sang Yoon Ma. October 2011.

As South Korean President Lee Myung-bak begins his state visit to the United States, Sang-Yoon Ma notes that the U.S. and Republic of Korea have much to celebrate, but that there is also room for improvement in the relationship. Ma suggests that one area of improvement could be enhancing civil society interaction between the two democracies.

Mr. Lee Goes to Washington. U.S. Institute of Peace. John S. Park. October 2011.

John Park, a senior program officer who directs USIP’s Korea Working Group, analyzes prospects for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s state visit to the United States October 13.

Joint Challenges for U.S.-South Korea Alliance. Council on Foreign Relations. Jayshree Bajoria. October 13, 2011.

As Presidents Lee and Obama reaffirm the relationship and celebrate congressional approval of a long-pending free trade deal, they must also focus on difficult challenges ahead with North Korea and China’s rise, say experts.

Working Out a Strategy on North Korea. Council on Foreign Relations, October 12, 2011

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to Washington is likely to see passage of the Free Trade Agreement and coordination on strategies for pushing North Korea toward denuclearization, says CFR’s Scott Snyder.

Peace through Pressure: Toward a New Allied Strategy for Contending with North. AEI.Org, October 2011

The North Korean challenge is complex, but by now all too familiar. Nearly two decades of negotiations have failed to resolve the nuclear problem, and North Korea has been carrying out aggression against the South for much longer than that. It is time for the allies to try something new.

The ROK-U.S. Joint Political and Military Response to North Korean Armed Provocations. Center for Strategic & International Studies. Sung-Chool Lee. October 7, 2011.

The report on the joint political and military response of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States to North Korean armed provocations is based on the knowledge, experience, and insight gained from the author’s career as a ROK military officer. As such, the study offers his unique personal perspective on the current situation in the Korean peninsula and, more broadly, Northeast Asia.



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