Academic journal article North Korean Review

Ambassadors' Memoir: U.S.-Korea Relations through the Eyes of the Ambassadors

Academic journal article North Korean Review

Ambassadors' Memoir: U.S.-Korea Relations through the Eyes of the Ambassadors

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Ambassadors' Memoir: U.S.-Korea Relations through the Eyes of the Ambassadors Edited by James Lister, Washington, D.C.: Korea Economic Institute, 2009, ISBN: 9780-9747141-5-8, 216 pp.

Ambassadors' Memoir provides an inside look at Korean-American relations during more than two decades, from the mid-1980s to 2008. The recollections of ambassadors give deep insights into the political and personal relations between the U.S. and the two Koreas, focusing naturally-given that the ambassadors of the U.S. are those to South Korea-on the South, but frequently touching upon the issues of Korean division, the development of the North Korean nuclear program and North Korea's worrisome internal situation. It is not an academic or scholarly work, but an important document of memories of diplomats from Korea and the U.S. In particular the recollection of Lee Hong-Koo, former unification minister, and ambassador to the United states from 1998 to 2000, is interesting. He says: "In my opinion, President Kim was to eager to reach some sort of agreement with North Korea and also personally to leave a legacy in that regard. …

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