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November 23, 2004

U.S. and South Korean Officials to Discuss Nuclear Weapons on the Korean Peninsula Dec. 1 at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College will host a panel discussion on the current political, economic and nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will follow the November Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, at which the United States will attempt to coordinate its North Korea approach with regional nations.

At Smith, current and former U.S. and South Korean officials will provide inside perspectives on the possible implications of the Korean situation for the Bush administration. The Korean peninsula remains a strong candidate to become the next major international crisis for the United States, according to Dennis Yasutomo, director of Smith’s East Asian Studies Program, which organized the discussion in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of Springfield.

The panel will be led by Joseph Winder, president of the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. Winder is a longtime Foreign Service officer who served extensively in the U.S. Embassies in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia and has held senior positions in the Department of State and Department of the Treasury.

Winder will be joined by Jesse Curtis of the Korea Desk at the U.S. Department of State and Chemin Rim, Commercial Counselor at the Embassy of South Korea in Washington. Curtis has served in the U.S. Embassies in South Korea, Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and Rim has served in the Executive Office of the President of South Korea.

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