The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ foreign policy vision is the “realization of a happier Korean people, Korean Peninsula and global community.” Under this vision, the Ministry will seek to achieve and build peace and shared development of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, a dependable Korea that contributes to the advancement of humanity and a fascinating country with happier people. To these ends, the Foreign Ministry will carry out trust-building diplomacies in partnership with the people, focusing on the following policy tasks:
1. Providing an impetus for resolving the North Korean nuclear issue;
2. Developing relations with major neighboring countries of the Korean Peninsula;
3. Promoting the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative and expanding cooperation with Eurasia;
4. Playing a role as a responsible middle power contributing to world peace and progress;
5. Protecting the safety and rights of Korean nationals residing abroad and expanding both public diplomacy and jobs
6. Strengthening the capacity for economic cooperation;
The Korean government will seek to prevent further provocations by North Korea with strong deterrence, while continuing to put pressure on North Korea through faithful implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2094 with the international community. At the same time, the ROK government will seek to create a momentum for progress on the North Korean nuclear issue through various consultations such as bilateral and trilateral talks with members of the Six-Party Talks.
Korea will further deepen the comprehensive strategic alliance with the US and strengthen the Korea-China strategic cooperative partnership. It will also make efforts to stabilize the ROK-Japan relations and to strengthen the Korea-Russia strategic cooperative partnership.
Korea will substantiate the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative as a mechanism of cooperation for trust-building and sustainable peace in Northeast Asia. It will also pursue the establishment of strategic ties between Northern and Southern economies by expanding cooperation with Eurasia.
The Korean government will play a role as a responsible middle power contributing to world peace and progress by taking following actions: promoting world peace and human rights; coping with security threats; contributing to resolution of global economic problems; strengthening cooperative networks with major middle powers; promoting development cooperation that gives hope to developing countries.
With the numbers of Korean travelers and residents overseas reaching 14 million and 7 million respectively, the Korean government will seek to better protect their safety, rights and interests by offering “consular services for a happier Korean people.” It will also make efforts for mutual advancement of Korea and overseas Korean communities. In addition, it will try to enhance its national brand as a trusted fascinating Korea through active public diplomacies. Furthermore, the Korean government will strengthen diplomatic support for job creation by fostering global development talents through the increase in the number of World Friends of Korea, Official Development Assistance (ODA) youth interns and junior development consultants; by boosting the number of partner countries for Working Holiday Programs; by increasing support for young Koreans' advancement to various international organizations.
In order to strengthen its capacity for economic cooperation, Korea will actively conduct economic diplomacies focusing on cooperation with newly emerging economies; creation of new growth power; and advance in green and future industries.