Realistic and Pragmatic Approach for Denuclearization and Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Monday, April 3rd, 3:30 PM. Main Conference Room of YRL
Monday, April 3, 20233:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Main conference Room, Young Research Library (YRL)
Although nearly 30 years have now passed since the first Korean nuclear crisis in 1993, the international community has yet to find a permanent solution leading towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Despite years of negotiations, agreements, and sanctions, North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear weapons program, leading to significant tensions on the Korean peninsular. In his lecture, Nakyon Lee, former prime minister of the Republic of Korea, will offer his insights into why these past measures have ultimately been unsuccessful. Former Prime Minister Lee will then provide his own recommendations for what steps South Korea, the United States, and other major players can take to finally achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.
Nakyon Lee is a former prime minister of the Republic of Korea, who served under the Moon Jae-in administration. He graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in law and became a journalist at Dong-a Ilbo. After 21 years as a journalist, he entered politics and served five terms as a member of the National Assembly. During his fourth term in 2014, he became the governor of Jeollanam-do Province as part of the Democratic Party of Korea in 2020. During his years in public affairs, he has focused on both domestic and international affairs of South Korea. As prime minister, he was responsible for overall domestic issues, including the safety of the citizens and society. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee at the National Assembly, in which he worked towards a peaceful inter-Korean relationship.
Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies