Since the Asian Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “North Korea will eat grass before giving up nuclear weapons . ” The simple truth and logic of the statement made it clear to most sensible people that sanctions and boot sounds serve to exasperate and separate nations. But Putin’s pragmatism raises the question: “What does North Korea want? “
Has anyone reported the other version, on the side of Pyongyang, of the endless crisis on the Korean peninsula? If anyone did, I do not know of any American citizen who was informed. Since the Soviet Union and the United States separated Korea after the Second World War, permanent frictions have existed between the North and the South. Since North Korea invaded the South, causing the Korean War(1950-1953), the socialist North was in a state of constant preparation, where militarism is at the forefront of society. Without going into a full history course, North Korea has good reasons for maximum military preparation these decades, especially if one looks at the strategies adopted for the Korean War by US generals. This war was a war of attrition and the real starting point of a Cold War that would undermine the energies of all countries on earth. For China, the North Korean contribution to the communist victory has never been forgotten since the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. When China felt threatened and entered the war, the threat of a global nuclear conflict has become a real possibility.“Total world catastrophe”is not sensationalism. An American intervention on the peninsula today would almost certainly lead to a bitter break in relations between key nations.
The populations of North and South Korea have never been the concern of other countries. This is the cold reality of the current crisis. Korea has always been a question of containment and geostrategy. The first to recognize him (inadvertently) was President Harry Truman when he admitted in his autobiography that “police action” was intended to confront the Soviet and Chinese Communist regimes. This fact was also emphasized in National Security Council Report 68 (NSC-68) declassified (1975). Quote from President Truman’s book:
“Communism acted in Korea, exactly as Hitler, Mussolini and the Japanese had done ten years, fifteen years and twenty years earlier. I was convinced that if allowed South Korea to fall, the communist leaders would be encouraged to seize countries closer to our coasts. If the Communists were allowed to enter the Republic of Korea without opposition from the free world, no small country would have the courage to resist the threat and aggression of stronger communist neighbors. “
But the position of North Korea, the true desires of the people of this country have never been discussed. All we know is the narrative of confinement and crisis. From there we can choose to explore the dark truths of old, try to justify perpetual conflicts of interest, or we can choose to examine the ideas and policies that will create a perpetual peace. Who started the Cold War, which countries were at fault or on a defensive position then is of little importance if we are to progress. To answer the question “What does North Korea want? “, it seems clear that the answers are independence and prosperity. But since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the withdrawal of Moscow’s support, the bold idea of the self-sufficiency of Juche politics has engaged in a sort of paradoxical catastrophe. Sustainability is impossible, especially with unnecessary spending and militarism. Today, Kim Jong-un is facing a downward spiral almost impossible to stop in his domestic and foreign policy, unless there is an alternative. The way I see the nuclear posture of his regime is a call to consider the needs of his country in which he and his supporters do not lose face. But US President Donald Trump and the Japanese allies do not build any bridge that the North Korean leader could cross.
The proofs of my argument are many, especially if one takes into account the “policy of the ray of sun” of South Korea. In 2000, its leader Kim Dae-jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for successfully implementing this policy, which was exactly the “bridge” that I demand. The Bush administration has ensured that this reestablishment of North-South ties never succeeds. Barack Obama played his role of provocative crisis and now Trump was called to order by doing the same. The editor of Providence magazine , Anne R. Pierce, called the president’s strategies “the reckless, cruel North Korea policy of the Obama administration”and that’s exactly it. For those unfamiliar with the issue, the “sun ray policy”has resulted in greater political contacts between Seoul and Pyongyang and many other historical moments in inter-Korean relations, including several high-level trade initiatives. When Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il met in 2000, hopes of reconciliation rose very high. Some readers may recall that after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US administration stated that North Korea was part of the Axis of Evil. It was after North Korea broke off its links with the South again. For my argument, the implications are clear as rock water. And to the question about what North Korea wants, “normalization”relations should be the indisputable conclusion that we evacuate. Gestures of equality and friendship led to a positive outcome, but American politicians advised Donald Trump to threaten, as Bush had done. As Vladimir Putin suggested the other day, American diplomats seem unable to express themselves intelligently. The statement that “sun ray politics” is the key to appease the situation in Korea is also supported by Patrick McEachern, the author of Inside the Red Box: North Korea’s Post-Totalitarian Politics , which compares nuclear demonstrations of North Korea under the “sun ray policy”and after. The fact is that the North is brandishing nuclear sabers more often since this policy has failed.
Now that Putin and South Korean President Moon Jae have met in Vladivostok, it is said that Moon will soon adopt a new “sun ray policy” with the help of Moscow and Beijing. Some readers will recall that Moon was the chief of staff of Roh Moo-hyun, the last Liberal president of Korea, the man who continued the “sun ray policy”of his predecessor Kim Dae-jung. This brings me to a final point concerning Moon, Putin and even the Japanese Abe. A Nobel Peace Prize is still waiting for Putin and one that ensures a future for North and South Korea will certainly catch the price. Putin’s growing role on the world stage, his evident movements towards the East, and in particular his moderation in the face of an aggressive Western position, are positive elements that the Koreans need.
The hard truth of this situation is that Pyongyang desperately needs a lifeline, but they do not want to beg her. From my point of view, I do not blame them at all. To show the weakness of the oligarchs of his country is like blood in a basin full of sharks. North Koreans are dying of hunger but they are too proud to crawl, it should be clear. I think that if Donald Trump was more interested in solving these crises than to seem to have “a good pair” , the world would go much better. “Shock and fright” on the Korean Peninsula with spin-offs on China, Russia and Japan will simply not happen. I bet Putin will soon restore the food supply for North Korea.