Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

South Korea Urges North to Stop Weapons Development

South Korea Urges North to Stop Weapons Development South Korea Urges North to Stop Weapons Development
Kenny Thornton | 28 June, 2017, 05:52

Tensions have been running high between Pyongyang and Washington, as North Korea has been conducting numerous missile tests while the US deploys more strategic assets to the region.

On Saturday, Mr. Moon welcomed the North Korean taekwondo team to the South, which hopes to send its demonstration team to an International Taekwondo Federation competition to be held in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, in September.

The Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will take place from 9-25 February.

"If it wasn't for the Sunshine Policy, The North Korean Kim Jong-un regime would have collapsed by now", said Do Myung-hak a former North Korean government official and defector.

Widespread protests over the THAAD installation by South Korean citizens have resulted in Moon's call for an environmental review of the missile system that could take at least a year.

According to New York Times, President Moon Jae-in mentioned about this idea at the inaugural ceremony of a World Taekwondo championship. He says his ultimate goal is to "establish an organization for North Korea's economic development". "I sincerely ask the International Olympic Committee and (IOC member) Chang who are here with us today for their strong consideration and cooperation". Moon seems disenchanted with the "deterrence plus" approach at turning the screws on North Korea and will likely push back on the need for talks on more robust trilateral security cooperation with Japan.

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Seoul has to be careful not to breach any requirements under global sanctions imposed against North Korea, which appear to be biting based on Beijing customs data released Tuesday - Pyongyang was unable to earn any money from coal exports to its main trade partner China for three straight months.

But Mr Chang said the games should not be used for political purposes, adding: "As an expert of the Olympics, it is a little late to be talking about co-hosting". Even amidst these heightening tensions, the element that could largely affect how safely we can get over this crisis is for each country to contribute to the economic sanctions against North Korea.

But neither Mr Mattis's speech, nor the muscle flexing at sea, did much to bolster USA credibility in South Korea, or to restrain the North's nuclear ambitions. "It's the same for forming a joint team for ice hockey", Chang remarked.

Two days earlier, thousands of demonstrators briefly encircled the American Embassy in central Seoul during a peaceful anti-Thaad march. Moon's proposed revitalization of inter-Korean economic engagement will run counter to the Trump administration's pressure campaign and likely violate United Nations sanctions on North Korea unless Pyongyang returns to denuclearization.

Despite these structural forces reinforcing the US-Korea alliance, there are also glaring divergences potentially with strong headwinds in the coming months.

"So there doesn't have to be a train wreck over North Korea policy", he told AFP.

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