The World Affairs Council of Maine is pleased to present:
Peace on the Korean Peninsula, A New Start: Challenges + Opportunities
An evening w. Mr. Yonghyon Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea
Wednesday, May 16th at 5:30pm
Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland
5:30-6:30p: Presentation and Q+A
6:30-7:00p: Light refreshments + conversation
Cost: Suggested donation $10 for nonmembers
Limited seating available - RSVP required!
Program: Curious about the recent historic summit between North and South Korea or the June 12th meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un? Join us as Consul General Kim details recent developments in North Korean nuclear issues starting with the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and leading through the north-south summit. What does peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula look like? CG Kim will brief our community on this important security topic and detail the Korean Government's policy of resolving this key issue through peaceful and diplomatic methods.
Presenter: Mr. Kim is Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Boston. As a career diplomat, he brings thirty years of diplomatic expertise and experience to his office, which he assumed in December 2017. His duties include, inter alia, protecting the interests of the Republic of Korea and overseas Koreans in New England, and furthering the development of commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations between the Republic of Korea and the United States, in particular New England region.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Kim was Director-General for Korean Peninsula Peace Regime from March 2016. He also worked in the same bureau as Deputy Director- General for North Korean Nuclear Affairs for two years, starting from June 2014. He oversaw North Korea-related issues such as regional security cooperation, unification diplomacy and human rights situations. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Kim served as Korean Consul General in Erbil, Iraq. In his service in the Korean Consulate General in New York from 2009 to 2012, he worked on political and cultural public diplomacy, promoting public awareness on North Korea’s human rights situation, nuclear and missile threats. From 2008 to 2009, he worked on reinvigorating the ROK-US alliance focusing on strengthening bilateral security partnership as the Director of the ROK-US Security Cooperation Division in the North American Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 to 2008, he was deeply involved in the Six Party Talks process on North Korea’s denuclearization, as political officer at the ROK Embassy in Beijing. He worked mainly on Korean Peninsula security issues, among other posts, working at the ROK Embassy in Washington (1999-2001), where his focus was ROK-US pol-mil cooperation. He also served in the National Security Council of the President’s Office (2003-2004). He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990.
Special thanks to our event sponsor, Maine Coast, winner of this year's Maine International Trade Center's "Exporter of the Year" award!