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Ambassador: Policy Will Continue In Koreas

Ambassador: Policy Will Continue In KoreasNew Fletcher Dean Confident His Work In North, South Korea Will Be Continued By Bush Administration. Seoul, South Korea.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [02.01.01] Following the transfer of power in the White House, some foreign policy experts fear an aggressive approach towards N. Korea by Bush may destabilize relations in the region.

But the U.S. Ambassador to S. Korea told reporters on Tuesday that he is confident the new administration will continue his work towards cooperation between the two Koreas.

"The United States strongly supports President Kim Dae-jung's engagement policy and I am confident that that support will continue even with the change in the U.S. administration," Ambassador Stephen Bosworth told the Korea Herald.

Bosworth's comments come just weeks before he takes the top post at Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

The seasoned diplomat added that the Bush administration will continue to address "international concerns of the North's weapons of mass destruction and missile programs," reported the Korea Herald.

While some policy makers are urging a "hard line" against North Korea to force the communist country to give up its nuclear weapons, Bosworth said he believes President Bush will continue building strong relations in the region.

"Many of the people who will keep positions in the new administration are the people with experience and wisdom. So I think that there is no risk that somehow the new administration is going to become disruptive," Bosworth said.

According to the Korea Herald, Bosworth cited the unity of the Korean people during their economic crisis as one of the most impressive things he witnessed during his three-year term in the region.

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