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Nations Should Unite To Solve N Korea Nuke Issues: Kim Suk-woo

Friday, May 22, 2009

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Although the six-party framework has been unable to solve North Korea's nuclear problems, related countries should cooperate toward a solution, Kim Suk-woo, former vice minister for South Korea's ministry of unification, said Friday during a panel discussion at Nikkei Inc.'s Future of Asia forum.

The North's regime bets its survival on nuclear development programs, Kim said.

He also said that the North's nuclear development is brinkmanship resulting from such uncertainties as rumored health problems of leader Kim Jong-il, and economic contraction that has continued in the country for nearly two decades.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.