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American presence is, you know, the major cause of balance of power and the stability in this region.
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And also, we are providing, you know, a nuclear power plant in the north, two light water systems, so some 4 or 5 billion dollars we are providing to meet with North Korean requests on the condition North Korea will not produce a nuclear weapon.
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And if we succeed this year to realize reform in various fields, then from next year there ought to be some hope for our country.
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And North Korea is now willing to allow Korean top businessmen to visit North Korea with 500 cows on the truck.
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As far as I know, there is two groups in the North, hardliners and the moderate.
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But absolute condition is we must maintain a firm security posture against North Korea, against any kind of possible aggression.
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But North Korea is very much suffering from economic difficulties, especially shortage of food. So social order is very much wavering.
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But such IMF pressure is very much helpful for me to push such a, you know, reform. So in this sense I think IMF is very much helpful for alien society.
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But when I was elected, there's such a financial crisis out of my expectation, so I am now, you know, suffering from such difficult conditions.
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I don't deny there are some possibility of a crisis. But, you know, foreign exchange crisis has been much reduced.
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I think a major cause of present Asian economic difficulties that mainly come from, you know, lack of market economy.
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I think so, because you know Northeast Asia is becoming a very important, you know, region economically, militarily, and politically.
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If America would withdraw from South Korea, there could be a power struggle between such as China and Japan.
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So for mutual interest, I do want American presence in this region.
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So I don't think North Korea can immediately take any measure to produce a nuclear weapon. It is impossible for North Korea.
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So if North Korea continues present isolation, then with such economic difficulties the North Korean government must meet a very serious situation in the future.
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So in Asia I want to make - I want to succeed to make a model of what success, practicing democracy, and market economy. Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries.
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So moderate is insisting that North Korea should open door to outside.
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So now we are pushing economic reform, bank reform and enterprise reform. So we can finish that reform this year, in September or October. Then our economy may be much more, you know, normalized.
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So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don't want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime.
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So such an American troops presence in Korea in the South and Japan, total some 100,000 should stay there forever, even after unification of Korean peninsula.
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There is some sign that North Korea is changing recently. There is ongoing successful negotiation to have a military talk to Pyongyang, which has been stopped for seven years.
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To realize peace on the Korean peninsula, and to develop exchange, cooperation between both Koreas, they are the, you know, immediate target of our government.
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Unification is not our present goal. That is a future program.
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Unification is one thing, and stability in Northeast Asia is another thing.
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We are - at this stage, you know, unification is not my government's goal.
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We never allow in our the communization of South Korea, we never allow any aggression by North Korea to us in South Korea.
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Well, that is very imperative to let North Korea open door to outside.
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Yes, I wanted to become president because I had, you know, a plan and ambition to practice, you know, good politics.
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You know, North Korea situation is far worse than East Germany, and South Korea is weaker than West Germany.
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