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Cablegate: Rok Willing to Prosecute Pirates, Seeks

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SUBJECT: ROK WILLING TO PROSECUTE PIRATES, SEEKS
MULTILATERAL ENFORCEMENT MEASURES

REF: SECSTATE 152276

Classified By: DCM Bill Stanton. Reasons 1.4 (b/d).

1. (C) In response to reftel demarche and non-paper, Park
In-kook, Deputy Foreign Minister for International
Organizations and Global Issues, agreed on the need for
stronger multilateral enforcement mechanisms against piracy.
In a November 6 meeting with the DCM, Park asked in
particular about the U.S. view of the Government of Spain's
proposal to address piracy off the east coast of Africa
through an international coalition of countries whose
shipping was most at risk of Somali piracy. Spanish fishing
fleets based in the Seychelles, for example, faced harassment
from pirates in that area. Spain had therefore invited the
PRC, Japan, and the ROK to join existing EU coalitions
against piracy, Park said. Denmark and possibly Portugal
would also be interested in such an effort, Park said. While
the ROK was open to this possibility, it wanted to consult
first with the U.S. to hear USG views on the initiative. The
ROK, Park added, would participate in any USG-supported
international effort against piracy.

2. (C) Park said the ROKG was actively seeking multilateral
enforcement mechanisms against piracy after recent incidents
requiring direct negotiations with pirates. In an apparent
reference to alleged concessions the Koreans might have made
to win the return of their citizens, Park noted that the
ultimate goal for Korea was a no-concessions policy, but
meanwhile the ROKG was forced to take into account "national
sentiment" on ensuring the safe return of Korean citizens.
As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) would
require a referral to the UNSC in order to implement
effective action, Park did not believe the IMO was an
effective mechanism by itself.

3. (C) Also at the meeting, Lee Kyoo-ho, Assistant Director
for Disarmament and Nonproliferation, stated that the ROK
claimed the right to protect its citizens worldwide, and
would theoretically have the jurisdiction to prosecute the
pirates who had taken the Golden Nori. MOFAT had not yet
considered in detail, however, how the ROKG would handle
pirates involved in seizing the Golden Nori if they were
captured, but Lee emphasized that the ROKG would want to
coordinate with the USG in that event.
VERSHBOW

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