U.S. think tank releases report on U.S. Korean policy

16:58, June 17, 2010      

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A leading think tank here has released a report criticizing U.S. "inaction" on the Korean Peninsula and calling on it to establish dialogue with China on the issue.

The report, compiled by a U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Task Force and released here Wednesday morning in conjunction with the Korea Society, also called for bilateral talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on missile development and close consultation with Japan and South Korea.

The 85-page report is the sixth of its kind since 1995.

Speakers at the launch included task force project director Scott Snyder, adjunct senior fellow with the CFR; Jack Pritchard, president of the Korea Economic Institute of America; and Evans Revere, senior director of the Albright Stonebridge Group and former president of the Korea Society.

Pritchard, a former special envoy for negotiations with the DPRK, criticized the Obama administration's policy towards the peninsula, saying they "have not viewed this either as an urgent issue to be resolved or one that they need to use all of the diplomatic and other means available to them" to solve.

"They really turn their attentions elsewhere. This really is a serious problem, it does need to be resolved rather than simply managed," he said.

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