From the Korean side, the event was attended by the delegation of the Presidential Committee for Korean Unification Preparation headed by Chairman of the Subcommittee on Social and Cultural Affairs Kim Sung-jae. The Russian side was represented by the leadership of the RISS and experts of the Centre for Asia and the Middle East. The Russian side was represented by the RISS management and experts of the Centre for Asia and the Middle East.
RISS Director M. Fradkov and South Korean Ambassador to Russia Pak Ro-byug gave a welcoming speech to open the event.
Head of the Korean delegation Kim Sung-jae talked about the history of the Presidential Committee for Korean Unification Preparation, its structure and main activity.
Special attention was paid to the main agenda of the round table: prospects of Russian-Korean cooperation. During the discussion, experts reviewed various aspects of bilateral relations in diplomatic, trade, economic, and humanitarian spheres, as well as the possibilities of participation of two countries in the implementation of the Eurasian initiatives.
The parties discussed development prospects of the situation around the Korean Peninsula. The issues raised at the round table covered the influence of the United States’ global missile defence system on the security in Northeast Asia. Korean experts also noted the importance of the DPRK’s nuclear programme and its impact on regional security, as well as the prospects for the resumption of six-party talks. The participants considered the possibility of using six-party format for negotiations on a wide range of regional issues.
All the Korean participants were presented with discs with the film about the history of Russian-Korean relations produced by RISS-TV.