New Partnerships and Cheonan's Impact on Our Work

I have just finished several important meetings over the last two weeks and will be attending several more over the next few weeks to finalize some partnerships that will enhance our ability to deliver high quality training in Pyongyang, send North Koreans abroad for academic training and to deepen relationships with individuals in North Korea. Some of the recently established partnerships include prominent academic institutions, international institutions and companies. The Cheonan incident is a tragic and depressing backdrop for our work. While it does not appear that any upcoming sanctions will prevent us from fulfilling our work, we will be actively monitoring the situation. On the other hand, incidents such as this underscores the importance of sharing knowledge to build a consensus and common understanding in the region, which we are actively trying to do in North Korea.