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Kim Jong-un invited to attend Asean-South Korea Summit

Oct 20. 2019
Lim Sung-nam, ROK Ambassador to ASEAN (Left), Oh Keo-don, Mayor of Busan, Thant Sin, Ambassador of Myanmar to the Republic of Korea, and Lee Hyuk, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre (Right)
Lim Sung-nam, ROK Ambassador to ASEAN (Left), Oh Keo-don, Mayor of Busan, Thant Sin, Ambassador of Myanmar to the Republic of Korea, and Lee Hyuk, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre (Right)
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By The Nation
Kunanon Kanjanatecha

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been invited to attend the Asean-South Korea summit next month, Seoul's ambassador to ASEAN told a press conference.

Speaking at an event during the “ASEAN-Korea Train: Advancing Together” on October 16, Lim Sung-nam said that achieving peace in the Korean peninsula would be one of the main items on the agenda at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit 2019, which will take place in Busan on November 25-26.

The ambassador expected Asean and South Korea to support each other in the matter and expressed the hope that North Korean leader Kim would participate in the summit so that both nations could discuss the future of both nations. The participation of the North Korean leader is yet to be confirmed.

The summit will also focus on boosting their economies and increasing the human potential of ASEAN member states and Korea in keeping with the new policy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The ambassador confirmed that South Korea would expand its free trade agreement with ASEAN countries namely the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia by November and students from Southeast Asia will have more opportunities to study in South Korea.

Oh Keo-don, the mayor of Busan, said that the city was chosen to be a link between South Korea and ASEAN member states. He said the summit would be a great opportunity to promote Busan as a Korean and ASEAN ICT Village in the future.

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