Media Note
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 26, 2009


On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) announced its endorsement of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Statement of Interdiction Principles. The United States welcomes ROK participation in the PSI and looks forward to working with the ROK government to advance the nonproliferation goals of the PSI and its Statement of Interdiction Principles.

PSI participants commit to undertake measures to interdict illicit transfers of WMD-related items, exchange relevant information, and strengthen national legal authorities. With the addition of the ROK, 95 countries on six continents are PSI participants, having endorsed the PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles. The United States believes there should be the broadest possible participation in the PSI by all responsible states, to further strengthen international cooperation against trafficking in WMD, their delivery systems, and related materials. For more information on the Proliferation Security Initiative, please see the State Department’s website: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/c10390.htm.



PRN: 2009/503