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After S. Korean Win, PR Demurs on Syria & DPRK, Speaks on Ban Heart

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, October 18 -- After South Korea beat out Cambodia for a two-year Security Council seat at the UN on Thursday, its Permanent Representative Kim Sook told Inner City Press, "give me a moment for breath." Video here.

Inner City Press had asked for South Korea's position on Syria. Kim Sook said, "My country’s position is not very much far from what has been discussed in the Security Council."

 But of course there are at least two quite different positions in the Council, as reflected by the three double-vetoes cast by Russia and China.

  Kim Sook also told Inner City Press, "Maybe, I’m going to tell you sometime next week." We'll wait for that.

  Inner City Press noted that former South Korean foreign minister Ban Ki-moon is the Secretary General of the UN.

  Kim Sook replied that "Well I know by heart, the Secretary General is from the Republic of Korea. So by heart, he may wish a good luck for us but as he handles the United Nations secretariat, well he did nothing to intervene in the election process."

  In a scrum just afterward with Korean media, an Inner City Press source says that Kim Sook said that Ban Ki-moon called him and said he hoped Korea got the seat.

  Kim Sook was asked about North Korea and replied, "We are watching the current situation but I’m not going to answer for the hypothetical question of the North Korean issue but whatever happens then the Security Council has the primary responsibility to respond to maintain the security and stability in that region as well." Yes it does. Watch this site.

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