Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
The Korean Peninsula Issues: Challenges and Prospects
The Hon James A. Leach
Chairman, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Affairs
United States House of Representatives
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
Chairman Leach opened and articulated in his ICAS Lectures [ICAS Lectures No 2006-0522-JAL]
"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
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.
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
A full text of his speech may be found in the ICAS website:
ICAS 2006 Spring Symposium
The Korean Peninsula Issues: Challenges and Prospect
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President