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~Korean Ambassador Sung-Joo Han To Speak at Wellesley College Nov. 13~

For immediate release:
November 3, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- On Thursday, Nov. 13, Sung-Joo Han, ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Korea, will present a lecture, “Coping with the North Korean Challenge,” at 4:30 pm in Collins Cinema at Wellesley College. Katharine Moon, Wellesley College professor of political science, notes the lecture comes at a crucial time in U.S.-Korean relations.

“The ambassador’s visit is particularly welcome and timely given the political tensions between the U.S. and both Koreas, South and North, over North Korea’s nuclear program,” she said. “This has been a hot issue for over a year now with very little progress toward resolution. It has created tensions in our relationship with South Korea, with whom we mark the 50th anniversary of a military alliance this year.”

Moon was instrumental in bringing Han to Wellesley. “I’ve known Ambassador Han since 1985 and had the good fortune of being in D.C. when he became ambassador in the spring,” she said. “He represents the government under the new South Korean president, Roh Moo Hyun. I had the pleasure of dining with the ambassador a few times in D.C., and he expressed interest in visiting Wellesley—and of course, I had planned to ask him to visit anyway.”

Han is one of the premier political scientists in South Korea, specializing in Korea-U.S. relations, Asian regional issues, the United Nations and more. He has long served on the faculty of one of Korea’s top universities, Korea University, and served as acting president of that university last year.

“He also served as Foreign Minister in 1993-94 when the first nuclear crisis concerning North Korea was unfolding,” Moon said. “He has been a key player in the development of Korean foreign policy and the bilateral relationship with the U.S. for several decades.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science. For more information, call 781-283-2203.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


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