Anchor: South Korea's Foreign Ministry has ordered diplomatic missions overseas to actively inform its host countries that the government's key policies are being conducted without snags. The measure was taken to prevent possible concerns that a growing scandal involving a close friend of the president could affect South Korea's diplomacy and economy.
Kim In-kyung has more.
Report: The Foreign Ministry has sent a directive to all overseas diplomatic offices to allay possible concerns in their host countries that a growing scandal involving a close confidante of the president could affect South Korea's key policies.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Cho June-hyuck said in a regular briefing Tuesday that South Korea will also firmly maintain its policies regarding major diplomatic issues, including North Korea's nuclear program.
[Sound bite: Foreign Ministry Spokesman Cho June-hyuck (Korean)]
"[Instructions were issued for them] to inform (host countries) that the government's major policies are being conducted normally to prevent unnecessary concerns over our diplomatic and security posture and economic situation from spreading in the international community."
The directive came as the Park Geun-hye administration is suffering from its worst political scandal.
A crack in cooperation with the international community would be a serious blow when the UN Security Council is working to adopt a stronger resolution against the North's fifth nuclear test.
Successive meetings between Seoul and its allies, including the trilateral meeting of vice foreign ministers from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan last week and talks between the top nuclear negotiators of Seoul and Washington on Tuesday, appear to have been scheduled to display the continued pursuit of key policies.
South Korea also has a host of sensitive diplomatic and security issues to resolve, including the negotiation of a military information exchange deal with Japan and holding a trilateral summit with Tokyo and Beijing.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News.
Source: KBS World Radio