FM-Designate: SK Should Take an Active Role in the PSI
Foreign minister-designate Yu Myung Hwan called on Korea to take a more active role in the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), reports the Chosun Ilbo. The PSI is a coalition of 86 countries united to interdict weapons of mass destruction coming from each member country’s territorial waters. In yesterday’s Korea Herald, Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Institute called on the Lee Myung Bak administration to upgrade Seoul’s participation in the PSI.
Under the sunshine policy, South Korea attempted to distance itself from the PSI, subscribing to only 5 out of 8 of the treaty’s protocols. Yu, a holdover from the Roh administration, once rebuked the PSI, telling the Gukhui:
“Korea cannot engage in PSI activities in waters near the Korean Peninsula under any circumstances (via Chosun Ilbo).”