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PacNet #19 – Northeast Asia Security Forum: Is Such a Gathering Possible?

In recent months, South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung and Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi have separately called for the creation of a formal, governmental Northeast Asia Security Forum, to bring key regional states together to discuss common security interests and concerns. President Yeltsin has echoed these calls — Moscow has long been offended at being left out of the Four-Party Talks (among the two Koreas, U.S., and China), believing that Russia should also have a seat at this table. Canadians and Mongolians also periodically call for a broader-based dialogue including their nations as well.