SCE to AUX
- Sep 14, 2004
A delegation from the SK Ministry of Defense visited Rumsfeld in Washington yesterday. They wanted a declaration from the US that an attack on SK territory was equivalent to an attack on America. They did not get it. They did hear that the US would defend them both with its nuclear forces and other means. The South Koreans are very nervous about NK, but it does not seem to have stiffened their resolve in the face of Pyongyangs threats. Even though their policy of engagement (i.e., appeasement) with the hermit kingdom has contributed to a nuclear test demo (after all, NK realized they had nothing to fear from SK). Moreover, they refuse to support the inspection of NK cargoes and pressure NK economically. Should we defend people who are too afraid, or too politically paralyzed, to defend themselves? Annoyingly, the answer must still be yes. What would our behavior be if Chicago were 15 miles from the DMZ? Where is the ROK that fought side by side with us in Vietnam? Perhaps they learned too much from our behavior in 1975.
Korean Statesman Warns Of North's Response
North Korea might use force in response to U.N. sanctions against the country for its recent nuclear test, a former South Korean president warned Saturday, calling for the world to engage rather than isolate the communist regime. Said former SK President Neville Kim, capitulating with a nuclear gun to his head. He is apparently in favor of giving diplomatic recognition, security guarantees, food, fuel, and cash to the criminals in Pyongyang in exchange for the same lies they told Carter and Clinton in 1994 about dismantling their nuke weapons program.
"North Korea is making preparations of how to counter economic sanctions and it could repel them with military force," Kim Dae-jung, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2000 in the only summit between the Koreas, told The Associated Press in an interview.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution earlier this month sanctioning Pyongyang for its Oct. 9 nuclear test.
The resolution rules out military action against North Korea but calls on all countries to inspect cargo to and from North Korea to prevent illegal trafficking in weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missiles.
Seoul has been lukewarm about joining U.S.-led efforts to deter North Korea's trade in missile and nuclear technology out of concerns of possible clashes with North Korea along their sea or land borders.
"North Korea could resist with force if its ships are inspected," Kim said, adding the North also could "make some trouble" on the frontier separating the rival Koreas.
"We cannot know for sure now how this kind of small conflict could escalate in the future," he said.
Kim indicated his opposition to pressuring the North, and reiterated his stance that Washington and Pyongyang should hold talks and make concessions to resolve the North's nuclear standoff.
Kim called on Washington to enter a "give-and-take" dialogue with the North, which should totally dismantle its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and the lifting of economic sanctions.
Kim is the architect of the South's "sunshine policy" of engagement with the North, for which he won the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize. But he conceded Saturday that some changes could be made to key projects to ensure no money is diverted to weapons programs.
For example, North Korean workers at a joint industrial zone could be paid directly, and payments for a tourism venture could be made with goods rather than cash, Kim said. He added that monitoring for food aid could also be strengthened.
"The sunshine policy was a success but in implementing such details there can be changes along the way," Kim said.
However, he blamed the lack of further progress in reconciliation between the Koreas on the United States. In turn, we creidt the 50,000 Americans who died in the Korean war for that fact that South Korea even exists.
"The reason why the 'sunshine policy' could not be fully be completed and was not a full success was because of stalled U.S.-North Korean relations," Kim said.