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Cablegate: Rok's Response to Climate Change Next Steps

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SUBJECT: ROK'S RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE NEXT STEPS

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1. (SBU) In response to REFTEL, ESTHOFF called the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade Director for Climate Change and
Environment Kim Hyo-eun to see if Korea had yet associated
itself formally with the Copenhagen Accord at the UNFCCC
Secretariat and submitted its greenhouse gas emissions
targets or action plan as indicated in the Accord.

2. (SBU) Kim affirmed that since the ROK was one of the 28
countries that worked together with the United States to
draft the Copenhagen Accord, the ROK is now taking the
necessary internal bureaucratic steps and expects to complete
both actions before the January 31 deadline. She noted that
Korea's Ambassador for Climate Change Chung Rae-kwon will
meet with U/S Stern in Washington on January 19, and will
provide an update on Korea's status on both actions at that
time.
STEPHENS

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