Fragile peace on the Korean peninsula – can it last?

first_img SHARE Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion Tensions on the Korean peninsula have simmered in the midst of a flurry of diplomatic engagement after North Korea accepted a South Korean government invitation to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, which begin this week. These were the first bilateral high level talks to occur between the two countries in two years. However, despite the improvements, the possibility remains that the North could engage in further provocative behavior.    North Korea’s eagerness to participate in the Olympics has led observers to believe that the Olympics will be peaceful, but questions remain as to whether that fragile peace will last after the event ends. For further insights, Daily NK recently interviewed Yoon Duk Min, former director of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (picture shown left). Yoon noted that it is extremely fortunate that the Olympic Games will be peaceful owing to the North’s participation, “but it is extremely difficult to foresee what will occur after the Games draw to a close.” Asked about the risk factors in the equation, Yoon explained that North Korea has demonstrated its intention to complete its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and they will need to conduct at least two or three more tests to advance towards this goal. “The possibility is high that the North will engage in provocative actions after the Olympics,” he said.  “After North Korea completes its nuclear weapons program, it will then try to negotiate with the US. The North will ask the US to treat it like Pakistan, acknowledging it as a de facto nuclear power. The likelihood is high that it will use its ability to strike the US mainland to strengthen its negotiating position.”“Despite its severe economic difficulties, North Korea conducted 25 ballistic missile tests and its 6th nuclear test last year,” Yoon added. “The North has tried to gain recognition as a nuclear power by squandering one to two billion US dollars of foreign currency to develop these weapons programs while ignoring the needs of its people. Since Kim Jong Un declared that the North has completed its nuclear program, it’s clear that he will try to negotiate with the US after the Olympics.”           The North’s strategy, according to Yoon, is ultimately to gain recognition as a nuclear power. It will try to bargain with the US, promising not to conduct any more ICBM tests that demonstrate a range that could strike the US on the condition that Washington overlooks the North’s continued possession of its existing nuclear weapons. With this in mind, Yoon estimates that the chances are high that North Korea could try to engage in diplomatic talks with the US this year. “The situation on the peninsula after the Olympics end will depend on North Korea. Because the situation could deteriorate if North Korea engages in another provocation, the international community’s task is to deliberate on how we can safely achieve denuclearization of the North,” Yoon pointed out.Yoon argues that South Korea should work proactively through the ironclad US-Korea relationship and reach out to the international community, including China, to come up with a solution to achieve denuclearization. It is important for the South Korean government to focus not only on improving North-South relations and engaging in inter-Korean dialogue, but also to serve as the lead in solving the North Korean nuclear problem.    “The international community is watching the manner in which South Korea is approaching the denuclearization of the North. They are waiting to see the extent to which the South is resolving the problem. The South should prioritize peninsular peace and denuclearization over North-South dialogue. As a member of the international community, it has this responsibility,” Yoon concluded. Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2018.02.07 11:55pm Fragile peace on the Korean peninsula – can it last?last_img read more

Mc Hugh says Donegal will benefit from new Rural Development Plan

first_img Google+ Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebook Previous articleSt Brigid’s and Scoil Iosagain taste victory at the AvivaNext articleFoyle Maritime Festival seeking boat owners to take part in Parade of Sail News Highland Facebook Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – May 31, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal County Council is being urged to consider possible projects for inclusion in the new Rural Development Scheme announced yesterday.The scheme was one of a number of initiatives announced by the Tasoiseach as part of the Ireland 2040 programme, with a view towards being ready to start work on a number of programmes by the end of the year.Minister Joe Mc Hugh says Donegal is in a strong position to benefit from the programme, but preparatory work needs to start now………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Mc Hugh says Donegal will benefit from new Rural Development Plan Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more