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Park to bring Korea-U.S. ties to new level: Heritage's Feulner
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- New South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who will be inaugurated later Monday (Seoul time), is expected to take the Seoul-Washington relationship to a new level, a prominent American pundit said.

   On a trip to South Korea for Park's inauguration ceremony, Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner expressed confidence in Park's role in helping South Korea continue its prosperity and strong alliance with the U.S., according to his spokesman Nick Zahn.

   "The United States and South Korea now stand side by side as equal partners. I have every confidence that, as president, she will carry South Korea's success and the relationship with the United States on to new heights," Feulner was quoted as saying.

   Feulner noted South Korea-U.S. security and economic relations have strengthened over the past decades.

   "South Korea is a beacon of leadership for so many other nations now aspiring to greater security and prosperity for their people, and it plays a critical role in advancing freedom in the region," he said.

   Feulner has served as head of the conservative think tank in Washington since 1977.

   He is scheduled to retire in April and his successor will be Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina.