ICAS Bulletin
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May 29, 2006

The Korean Peninsula Issues: Challenges and Prospects

addressed by

The Hon James A. Leach

Chairman, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Affairs
United States House of Representatives

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that United Staes Congressman James A Leach presented "The Korean Peninsula Issues: Challenges and Prospects" at the ICAS 2006 Spring Symposium on May 22, 2006 which was held at the United States Senate Russell Office Building Caucus Room SR 325, Capitol Hill, Washington D C 20510.

Chairman Leach opened and articulated in his ICAS Lectures [ICAS Lectures No 2006-0522-JAL] that

"Before proceeding with our policy discussion, I would first like to note the shock that all of us in Washington felt upon learning of the vicious, criminal attack on Chairwoman Park of the Grand National Party. We express our deepest wishes for her prompt and complete recovery."

"I related to my North Korean hosts my observations from Mongolia, where I had visited beforehand. Even Mongolia, now several years into its own transition from Marxism to democratic capitalism, is outpacing North Korea. I was amazed to discover that the 12 to 15 thousand Mongolians who reside in the United States ..."

"The time has come for the United States to seize the diplomatic initiative and lead. While the malfeasance of the North Korean government has brought us to this impasse, it remains in the interest of the United States to initiate additional dialogue, even if prospects for its success are uncertain. Alternatively, to continue to maintain a reactive approach such as placing unrealistic conditions on high-level contacts and other forms of meaningful engagement with the DPRK cedes power to parties whose interests are not identical to our own. In particular, waiting for North Korea to take the next step leaves too much control in the hands of a regime that has insufficient self-confidence or incentive to denuclearize."

A full text of his speech may be found in the ICAS website:

ICAS 2006 Spring Symposium
The Korean Peninsula Issues: Challenges and Prospect

Thank you.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow