Iraq’s Honorary consul Says US...
2003-03-19 The Korea Times
Iraq’s Honorary consul Says US Attack Is Against World Peace
The honorary consul of Iraq in Seoul said yesterday that a U.S. attack on Iraq will go against the peace code of the United Nations that enshrines world peace and international balance.
With the imminent U.S.-led war on Iraq, Which will proceed even without the support of the U.N., Korea should take this war seriously and reconsider its diplomatic policies as a nation facing North Korea’s nuclear threats, Shin Se-won said.
“We cannot watch this war with ease because it will result in giving tacit permission to the United States to launch air raids on other nations, “ Shin, who has been the honorary consul of Iraq since 2000, said. In an interview with The Korea Times, Shin said the U.S. will attack Iraq, possibly within 48 hours, as it is customary to start an attack within 24 hours of issuing an ultimatum.
There are currently no permanent Iraqi residents here. But specific measures to secure the safety of envoys living in neighboring nations are being discussed with Iraqi personnel through diplomatic channels, Shin said.
“Although many policies must be put under consideration while taking account of the international situation and Korea’s position, I believe sending noncombatant troops to Iraq runs counter to the principle of world peace, “ Shin added.
Shin is the executive coordinator of an Iraqi mining consortium as the chairman of HI&T, and was appointed honorary consul by the Iraqi government for maintaining a steady diplomatic relationship with the country that dates back to when Shin’s father owned the company.
“For national interests and world peace, I will try my best to establish amicable relations between the two countries in the future,” Shin said.