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PacNet #11 – U.S.- Korea: Summit Aftermath

ROK President Kim Dae-jung’s Washington summit meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush was not the unqualified success he had hoped for but did accomplish his primary objectives. As expected and desired, Bush endorsed President Kim’s Sunshine Policy of reconciliation and cooperation with North Korea, praising Kim for his "vision" in beginning a dialogue with Pyongyang. Bush also reaffirmed the U.S.-ROK security relationship and the U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral dialogue process aimed at coordinating policies toward North Korea.