BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (Yonhap) -- South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Se-kyun on Thursday met Slovakian President Andrej Kiska to discuss the North Korea issue and economic cooperation between the two countries.
Chung met Kiska at the Slovakian leader’s presidential office here and thanked him for the European nation’s continuous support of peace on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have been rising with North Korea’s nuclear test and missile provocations.
“I think it’s not wise the way that US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader (Kim Jong-un) aggravated the situation with a war of words,” Chung said. “Although the United Nations is sanctioning North Korea that violated international rules, imposing sanctions can’t be the goal,” he said. “Our mission is to bring North Korea to the dialogue and cooperation table with various efforts.”
Kiska said Slovakia is also worried about North Korea’s nuclear development and that he supports South Korea’s stance. He also told Chung that China and Russia will be useful to make North Korea appear at the dialogue table.
Chung also asked Kiska to help South Korean businesses by improving infrastructure, saying companies are looking to expand investments in Slovakia. Kiska responded that his country understands the importance of establishing solid business infrastructure and will roll out policies supporting South Korean businesses including Kia Motors Corp. that has a production base in Zilina, Slovakia.
Kiska also said that he will visit South Korea during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games next year to further develop their relationship.
Following his meeting with Kiska, Chung later met Slovakian Parliament Speaker Andrej Danko to talk about economic cooperation between two countries.
“Both countries need to expand opportunities for cooperation in areas like education and R&D,” Chung said during a joint press conference with Danko. “South Korea has experience and knowhow not only in the manufacturing industry, but also in the information technology industry. I think both countries need to further beef up cooperation in the culture and tourism area.”
Danko said Slovakia is ready to listen to South Korean investors and hopes the friendly relationship between the two countries can continue. However, he also told Chung that South Korean business owners should pay careful attention to Slovakian workers.
Chung’s visit to Slovakia was part of his diplomatic trip that began on Oct. 11. He previously visited Russia and Poland before landing in Slovakia. Chung will return home Saturday.