Interview: Kim Dae Jung South Korea President

South Korean Leader Says 'We Should Continue to Engage North Korea In Dialogue

Not Because We Trust The North' But to 'Induce Them to Follow the Road Of

Positive Change'



South-North Korea Relations Are 'Very Much Related'

To North Korea-U.S. Relations



Apr 15, 2001, 01:00 ET from Newsweek

    NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In an exclusive interview with Newsweek
 International, South Korea President Kim Dae Jung addresses doubts about
 discussions with North Korea.  "The U.S. administration wonders whether we can
 trust Chairman Kim and demands reciprocity and verification for agreements
 made with him," the South Korea leader says.  "My response to those doubts is
 that we should continue to engage North Korea in dialogue not because we trust
 the North, but because we see in their current situation room for us to induce
 them to follow the road of positive change."
     Kim says U.S. participation in the process is critical, according to an
 interview with Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard M. Smith in the April 23
 issue of Newsweek International (on newsstands Monday, April 16).  "We believe
 future inter-Korean relations will depend very much on how much the U.S. sets
 its North Korean policy and how its relations with Pyongyang develop.  South-
 North relations are very much related to North Korea-U.S. relations."
     Asked if the U.S. was moving too slowly in its relations with North Korea,
 Kim said, "It is too early to say."  On whether the relationship with North
 Korea has so far been lopsided in the North's favor, Kim replied: "[T]hey had
 demanded a U.S.-style federation system.  I pointed out to Chairman Kim that a
 more realistic and achievable formula would be a confederation in which two
 independent governments consult each other ... After the explanation, the
 chairman called for a looser form of federation that more closely resembles
 our idea."
 
 

SOURCE Newsweek
    NEW YORK, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In an exclusive interview with Newsweek
 International, South Korea President Kim Dae Jung addresses doubts about
 discussions with North Korea.  "The U.S. administration wonders whether we can
 trust Chairman Kim and demands reciprocity and verification for agreements
 made with him," the South Korea leader says.  "My response to those doubts is
 that we should continue to engage North Korea in dialogue not because we trust
 the North, but because we see in their current situation room for us to induce
 them to follow the road of positive change."
     Kim says U.S. participation in the process is critical, according to an
 interview with Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Richard M. Smith in the April 23
 issue of Newsweek International (on newsstands Monday, April 16).  "We believe
 future inter-Korean relations will depend very much on how much the U.S. sets
 its North Korean policy and how its relations with Pyongyang develop.  South-
 North relations are very much related to North Korea-U.S. relations."
     Asked if the U.S. was moving too slowly in its relations with North Korea,
 Kim said, "It is too early to say."  On whether the relationship with North
 Korea has so far been lopsided in the North's favor, Kim replied: "[T]hey had
 demanded a U.S.-style federation system.  I pointed out to Chairman Kim that a
 more realistic and achievable formula would be a confederation in which two
 independent governments consult each other ... After the explanation, the
 chairman called for a looser form of federation that more closely resembles
 our idea."
 
 SOURCE  Newsweek