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Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 18:39:15 -1000
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From: Vincent K Pollard <pollard@HAWAII.EDU>
Subject: RP-DPRK relations, ROK view of, favorable <fwd>

ROK View on DPRK-Philippines Relations

Press releases excerpted from NAPSNet Daily Report of 29 November 1999, Item II, 3:

The Korea Times (Lee Chang-sup, KIM BACKS MANILA'S MOVE TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH NK, Manila, 11/29/99) reported that ROK President Kim Dae-jung said on November 27 that he supports the Philippine move to normalize and eventually set up diplomatic relations with the DPRK.

At a summit with Philippine President Joseph Estrada at the Presidential Office Malacanang, the two leaders agreed that the ROK and Philippines would have prior consultations with each other ahead of the latter's establishment of diplomatic relations with the DPRK.

According to Chong Wa Dae spokesman Park Joon-young, the ROK thinks it is desirable for any country to improve ties with the DPRK and for it to ameliorate its relations with international society. President Kim hoped that the Philippines would convey to the DPRK ROK's true intention to ease tension and prevent war on the Korean peninsula so that both ROK and the DPRK would live together peacefully.