January 22, 2021 13:56
The Unification Ministry delivered a New Year briefing on Thursday and proposed to come up with means to resume cross-border communications. There was no mention of the fact that North Korea violently blew up a cross-border liaison office in Kaesong that had just been refurbished with billions of South Korean taxpayers' money. The ministry also made no mention of the fact that the North shot and incinerated a South Korean fisheries official at sea. The Foreign Ministry in its own briefing showed itself to be equally divorced from reality, saying it will now focus on the resumption of U.S.-North Korean dialogue.
North Korea did not scrap a single nuclear weapon after the 2018 summit in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that South Korea brokered. Instead it drastically bolstered its nuclear arsenal. The Joe Biden administration has said it wants to re-evaluate its negotiating approach to the North, but the South Korean government insists that everything has worked out just fine so far.
The Defense Ministry, meanwhile, said it is open to discussing with North Korea the fate of joint military exercises with the U.S. South Korea is probably the only country in the world that wishes to discuss details of its military defense drills with the enemy. The ministry cited as its key achievement last year "stable" relations with Japan, which were then at their absolute lowest ebb since the war.
One presidential adviser at the National Unification Advisory Council said the U.S. could accept that North Korea has a limited number of nuclear weapons and try to contain a further expansion, and that would enable the U.S. to sell more weapons to South Korea. In other words, recognizing North Korea as a nuclear power will benefit the U.S. It is incomprehensible why the government persists in these fantasies. Nobody can be stupid enough actually to believe them, so what are they for?
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