Monday, December 9, 2013

“Casting pearls before the swine?” An Editorial about the Relations between South and North Korea

Clipboard02 Due to the reorganization of South Korea by other powerful countries, and because of South Korea’s international situation, the provocation by North Korea has been more severe than ever.

The current situation started with the ‘Cheonan-Ham’ and ‘Yeonpyung-do’ in 2010, and has since become exasperated. The joint military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. is their excuse for launching a missile which North Korea claimed is a “satellite”. They even decided to close the Gae Sung Industrial Complex, a symbol of cooperation and hope for all Koreans, on their own initiative.

Because of the peace accord between South and North Korea, for approximately a decade, Kim Daejung and No moohyun’s governments were dedicated to adhering to the provisions of the treaty which prohibits the development and testing of nuclear bombs and long range missiles. The treaty provided economic aid to North Korea in a variety of ways. Despite an internal economic crisis, including the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.), North Korea began to develop nuclear and missile technologies.

Even though it is not related to the military, the unilateral closing and the evacuation of the workforce at the Gae Sung Industrial Complex, and strange rumors that Kim Kwan-jin was slurred as a warmonger (likened to Hitler) by North Korea’s media, shows us that Kim Jeongeun has no political proficiency and North Korea is up to its old tricks, like so many times before.

Hopefully Kim Joengeun thinks carefully about this situation because in the end, his actions are not going to foster reunification and are more likely going to create a loss from both sides. In circumstances like this, Kim Jeongeun’s provocation of the United States seems like a fly trying to bite a tortoise.

It is apparent to us now that the closing of the Gae Sung Industrial Complex, a symbol of the future reconciliation between the South and North, which was founded 50 years ago, is more painful to the South. But of course the world wants peace, and if Kim Jeongeun and North Korea should adopt a cautious attitude, the rest of the world might be more flexible and willing to negotiate.

Staff writer Park Hyung Jun.


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