Canadian Governor General To Attend South Korea Presidential Inauguration

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 15, 2013 5:26 PM EST

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Thursday said the Governor General David Johnston will attend the presidential inauguration of the Republic of Korea February 25.

While attending the inauguration ceremony, the governor general will promote Canada's close and active engagement with the Republic of Korea, according to the prime minister.

"Canada and Korea share a vibrant relationship based upon many shared values and objectives and close cooperation in international fora on democratic and human rights issues," Stephen Harper said in a press release Thursday.

Without mentioning the details, the prime minister said that the governor general will discuss a number of issues with South Korea.

Stephen Harper said that Canada's bilateral relationship with South Korea this year will be particularly important given the fact that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice as well as 50 years of diplomatic engagement and cooperation in international organizations such as the G-20.

 "To mark these milestones, 2013 had been declared the Year of Korea in Canada, which will showcase Korea's remarkable culture and traditions and highlight the friendly relationship our two countries enjoy," said the prime minister.

The inauguration celebration is likely to showcase South Korea's international relationship and boost its confidence to stand against its neighboring rival North Korea who held the third nuclear test this month.

Angered by the nuclear test, the South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that the nuclear test will make North Korea a 'pariah' nation in the international community.

"It (the nuclear test) would 'bring on its own collapse' by becoming a 'pariah' in the international community and leaving its own citizens destitute," Park said while speaking at a foreign affairs and national defence discussion this week, according to the Hankyoreh.

"Pyongyang must know that the Soviet Union didn't collapse because it didn't have nuclear weapons," Park said.

President-elect Park won the presidential election December last year and she is the first female president of South Korea. 

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