with South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung
The Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
October 19, 2001
2:03 P.M. Local Time
PRESIDENT BUSH: I've been looking forward to yet another meeting with our friend,
the leader of South Korea. We had a good meeting in Washington, D.C. Now we
have a second meeting to discuss our common interests.
First, we'll spend a lot of time talking about the war against terror. South
Korea has been very firm in their support for the United States and the people
of the United States. The President was very quick to respond, and I want to
thank you, sir.
Secondly, I look forward to affirming our support for trade with South Korea.
We'll discuss the new round of trade negotiations. Thirdly, and as importantly,
we'll reaffirm our support for the President's Sunshine Policy with North Korea.
We appreciate his leadership on this very important issue and I have looked
forward to explaining to the President that we, after having reviewed our policy,
like I told him we would do -- our policy toward North Korea -- we have done
so, and we've offered Kim Chong-il the chance to meet with United States representatives.
So we look forward to hearing a positive response from him.
In the meantime, the President is taking his policy and moving it forward and
we're very supportive of that policy.
PRESIDENT KIM: First of all, ladies and gentlemen, what I would like to say
is that I would like to convey our most sincere condolences and sympathies to
the people of America for their tremendous loss and the pain and the suffering
that they suffer due to the terrorist attack.
And also, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to applaud and show my great respect
for the leadership of President Bush, for his calm composure and his very wise
decisions in bringing together, first of all, the people of America together
so that they will be able to effectively fight this war against terrorism. And
also for his outstanding leadership in bringing together the international community
together in this fight to eradicate terrorism. I would like to take this opportunity
to convey my most sincere congratulations and respect.
As a very close staunch ally and friend and partner of the United States of
America, the Republic of Korea will continue to take active participation in
this war against terrorism. We will render all the necessary cooperation and
assistance that they might need. And also as for the specific as to what the
Republic of Korea will do, we have already publicly stated our measures to help
this war against terrorism and we have notified the U.S. government, as well.
And also, ladies and gentlemen, after September 11th, the world has tremendously
become a completely different place for us. No country, nobody on this earth
is safe from terrorism and from these heinous terrorists. We must work together,
we must cooperate with each other so that the world will become once again a
safe place for us to travel freely by air so that all of us will be able to
freely go live and to visit high rises and large apartment buildings. And also
so that all of us will be able to safely open our own private mail.
All these are very much in doubt these days, and we must cooperate with each
other to fight this and eradicate terrorism. And I have great faith that we
will, indeed, succeed and that we will be victorious in this war against terrorism.
And, once again, I would like to applaud the efforts of President Bush for leading
this effort to this endeavor.
And, ladies and gentlemen, so, during today's meetings with President Bush,
it is my hope to have in-depth discussions on the effective ways to counter
terrorism. And also I wish to discuss, as President Bush mentioned, other issues
of common interest.
QUESTION: Mr. President, the APEC terrorism declaration will not mention Afghanistan
or Osama bin Laden by name. Does this indicate a lack of support for military
action in Afghanistan?
PRESIDENT BUSH: I believe the APEC nations fully understand that not only terrorists
should be brought to justice, but those who harbor terrorists should be brought
to justice, as well.
I am confident that we've got strong support here with the leaders who are present
here at Shanghai; I've talked to most of them on the phone. I can tell you that
the support is near unanimous for not only the activities that are going on
now, but for the strategy of fighting terrorism in the long run.
These leaders understand that we're in a new type of war. They understand that
the evil ones are a threat to established governments. They understand that
for there to be peace throughout the generations that we must be decisive and
victorious. You heard the South Korean President -- he's got a conviction about
the need to fight terror, so do other world leaders.
QUESTION: Is it not important to have the APEC nations endorse the kind of military
action the United States is leading?
PRESIDENT BUSH: The APEC leaders that I have talked to all -- at least the ones
I've talked to, fully understand that the United States, as well as other allies,
will do what it takes to bring people to justice.
And, secondly, the doctrine is more than just the people who perpetuate these
crimes on the American people. It is any country that harbors them, feeds them,
houses them or funds them. And the world leaders understand that. And I am very
grateful for the breadth of support we have received. So far you've heard from
two world leaders today -- President Jiang of China, President Kim of South
Korea, both of whom stand side-by-side with the American government and the
And I am most pleased with the support we're receiving here and I look forward
to continuing to describe our efforts to our close friends and allies. And they
will see in me a determination to succeed. And I fully understand that some
over time may grow weary and may tire. But they'll realize the United States
of America under my leadership will not. We must be successful in the war against
The United States -- I'm looking forward to sharing with our friend, the President,
about the recent news in the United States, that we've -- there have been some
anthrax cases where people have sent anthrax through the mail. And although
I cannot pinpoint directly who did it, I will tell him, however, that anybody
who were to do that in any country is obviously an evil person.
And we're fighting evil. We don't fight a religion; we fight evil people. There
is widespread support for the coalition and widespread support for the aims
and goals of this country.
QUESTION: (Question asked in Korean.)
PRESIDENT KIM: First of all, the Republic of Korea, the government of the Republic
of Korea during this APEC meeting will endorse, and we have been actively participating
in endorsing this statement and the declaration condemning terrorism, international
terrorism. We will continue to take a leading role in this fight against terrorism.
And, secondly, we have notified and announced to the government of the United
States our own measures to help in this fight against terrorism. For example,
we've decided to send, dispatch a mobile medical team and also we will be dispatching
not only transportation assets and equipment, but also we will be dispatching
our military liaison officers among other measures.
And, also, whenever the need arises, the Republic of Korea, the government will
continue to closely consult with the U.S. government.
QUESTION: (Question asked in Korean.)
PRESIDENT BUSH: First, I look forward to talking to our friend about his attitudes.
After all, President Kim has been a leader in seeking exchanges between families.
Secondly, as I mentioned, my administration wishes to begin a dialogue with
the government of Kim Chong-il, yet he has refused to accept our invitation.
I would hope that he would accept not only our invitation, but seize an opportunity
to bring more peaceful relations to the Korean Peninsula. He has an opportunity
President Kim has given him that opportunity and so have I. And I would hope
he would seize the opportunity. I would hope he would show the world that he's
interested in peace and interested in improving the lives of the citizens who
live in North Korea. This is a moment in history where he can prove his worth.
This is -- part of our discussions today, of course, will be the Korean Peninsula.
QUESTION: Relief organizations say that Afghanistan faces what could be the worst humanitarian
crisis ever. Should there be any consideration to halting U.S. military strikes
in order to get enough food into the country by winter?
PRESIDENT BUSH: First of all, my government -- and I know the leaders involved
in the coalition -- are worried about the suffering in Afghanistan. The Taliban
government is seizing food. The Taliban government refuses to allow for an efficient
distribution of aid that has been assembled to help the Afghanistan people.
We will continue our military operations in such a way that it will not disrupt
the delivery of food. And not only that, as a matter of fact, concurrent with
our military operations will be the distribution of food.
But the world must understand that the primary reason why food is not making
it to starving people is the Taliban. If they were that interested in serving
as representatives of the people, they would be encouraging the distribution
of food. We will continue to do everything we can to make sure that our commitment
to aid to the Afghan people is fulfilled. We are the leading country, in terms
of providing aid to the Afghan people. I have increased our budget from $170
million to -- or asked to increase the budget to over $300 million of aid.
Our beef is not with the Afghan people. Our beef is with a repressive government
that houses, aids and abets terrorists.