Statement on Korean whaling

Media release

12 July 2012

Senator Carr has today held talks on whaling with the Korean Foreign Minister Mr Kim Sung-hwan, at today’s East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Minister Kim told Senator Carr that Korea would take the advice of the International Whaling Commission on the subject, indicating that plans for ‘scientific whaling’ would not proceed.

Senator Carr praised the leadership of the Republic of Korea in making this decision.

“Korea has committed itself to green growth, and is capable of becoming a global green superpower,” Senator Carr said.

“Its green credentials would not be compromised.

“I acknowledge the nation’s responsiveness and leadership.”

Australia’s Ambassador in Seoul, Mr Sam Gerovich, had conveyed Australia‚Äôs strong opposition to a resumption of whaling in talks with the office of President Lee on July 6, 2012.

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