Diversification of resources/energy diplomacy
Diversification of resources/energy diplomacy
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  • 승인 2004.10.01 12:01
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Prior to President's Roh's arrival in Moscow, South Korea and Kazakhstan agreed to join hands in developing petroleum and uranium in the Central Asian country, offering the South inroads to energy exploration in the resource-abundant Caspian Sea region.

President's Roh's official visit to Kazakhstan has historic significance in that it is the first time a Korean president has visited the Central Asian country since the two nations established diplomatic relations 12 years ago.

Chong Wa Dae officials said the two leaders had agreed to strengthen their complementary cooperation by combining Kazakhstan's resources, such as manpower with Korea's capital and technology to create the greatest possible synergy.

The two countries also signed an agreement on the peaceful use of atomic energy in which the South will provide nuclearrelated technology to Kazakhstan to help the country develop nuclear power to generate electricity and for medical purposes.

"The summit (with President Nazarbayev) contributed to improving bilateral ties one notch higher and provided a foundation for a future-oriented relationship," said presidential foreign policy adviser Chung Woo-seong during a briefing on President Roh's official visit to Kazakhstan. In their joint statement, President Nazarbayev reaffirmed his support for Roh's policy on the promotion of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia, as well as a diplomatic settlement of the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons development.

Chong Wa Dae officials point out that President Nazarbayev expression of support for South Korean efforts to promote peace/prosperity in Northeast Asia and the peaceful settlement of the North Korean nuclear issue is another big achievement of Korean summit diplomacy. The officials added that the two summits are of the same opinion regarding the chief issues of stability and peace on the Korean peninsula and keeping the peninsula nuclear-free.

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