With that amnesty list out‚ President Roh is getting ready for a visit to Europe.
North Korea's nuclear ambitions are among the issues that President Roh is expected to bring up during his visit to the Vatican.
But before that‚ the President's visit will take him to Spain and Italy where he'll work to expand economic ties.
Sung Taekyung has more.
Spain will be President Roh Moohyun’s first stop as part of a seven-day tour of Southern Europe.
He heads for Madrid Sunday as the first Korean President to visit Spain since the two countries established ties in 1950.
Scheduled for his four-day state visit are talks with Spanish King Juan Carlos‚ the First and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
The two countries will lay the groundwork for cooperation in high-speed wireless Internet and digital multimedia broadcasting.
Korean exports to Spain totaled three billion US dollars in 2005‚ comprised mostly of cars‚ flat-screen displays and cellphones.
On Wednesday‚ President Roh will arrive in Rome‚ where he will first visit the Holy See for talks with Vatican leaders.
The Holy See has diplomatic relations with nearly all countries‚ and Korea seeks to use the opportunity to reaffirm an international commitment to peacefully resolve North Korea’s nuclear standoff.
President Roh will also try to bolster economic cooperation with Italy in meetings with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Romano Prodi .
Korea and Italy have enjoyed a long history of friendship since forming ties in 1884‚ and in 2005 two-way trade hit seven billion dollars.
President Roh will return home on February 17th‚ the start of the Lunar New Year holiday in Korea.
"President Roh’s selection of Europe as his first overseas destination this year shows Korea's willingness to solidify cooperation in industrial technology with the European Union. Officials say this will greatly contribute to Korea’s competitive edge in the international market.
Sung Taekyung‚ Arirang News." Reporter : firstname.lastname@example.org