N.Korea 'Wants a Summit by Hook or by Crook'

      January 21, 2010 12:37

      Hwang Jang-yop (file photo)

      North Korea's mixed messages in recent day are geared to bullying and wheedling South Korea into a summit, according to Hwang Jang-yop, an exiled former secretary of the North Korean Workers' Party.

      According to Daily North Korea, Hwang told students in a lecture in Seoul that the North is "only thinking about making a summit happen, so it alternately tries intimidation and charm." The reason it wants a summit so badly is that it hopes "to induce the South into cooperating with its policies, get South Koreans to relax and encourage the Left" as it did in the days of the Kim Dae-jung administration.

      In the lecture, Hwang said there is little chance of a massive uprising in the North because of the "strong dictatorship." Even though an unpopular currency reform late last year had disastrous consequences like spiraling prices, collective resistance will be difficult, he said. 

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