SCE to AUX
- Sep 14, 2004
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South Korea, (you know, the guys we currently defend, died for in the Korean War, and helped build into a first-world economic power) so far has refused to participate in UN sanctions against North Korea. Even the Chinese are nominally participating in the sanctions. The former PM of South Korea says that the NK nuke detonation is Americas fault. Now Pyongyang has threatened Seoul with severing ties, if SK participates in the UN sanctions. What do you think of SKs attitude? Should we defend people who apparently cannot decide to defend themselves? Should we defend a SK that is willing to trade with the criminal regime in Pyongyang, the gang that killed by terror and starvation more than a million North Koreans? Should we defend a SK that is undermining the UN sanctions? Should we pull our troops out of SK and admit defeat by the Chinese in the 50 year Beijing-Washington struggle for political and economic power in NE Asia? If we leave SK, will that tell the Japanese that America is unreliable? Will the Japanese then develop nuclear weapons? What should America do? Ignore the simpering South Koreans?
Pyongyang to Sever Ties if S.Korea Joins Sanctions
North Korea warned Wednesday if South Korea joins U.S.-led sanctions against the Stalinist country, it will regard it as a declaration of confrontation. The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said it will treat South Korean cooperation with a UN resolution sanctioning the North as a declaration of confrontation against its own people and a negation of the 2000 Joint Statement by former president Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and take corresponding measures. The South will bear the entire responsibility and pay dearly if international sanctions it backs have destructive results for inter-Korean relations," a committee spokesman said in a statement.
It is the first time since the UN Security Council last week condemned North Koreas nuclear test that Pyongyang has directly threatened Seoul in relation to the sanctions. The CPRF said South Korean authorities are moving in a dangerous direction by following the U.S. and joining hands with others to stifle the country. Inter-Korean cooperative projects -- a reference to the Kaesong Industrial Complex and package tours to Mt.Kumgang ? are not for just one side but promote the shared interest and unity of the Korean people, it said. Prof. Kim Geun-sik of Kyungnam University said the remarks seem to say that if Seoul takes part in sanctions including the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative, the North could sever inter-Korean relations and the two Koreas will return to the icy relations they enjoyed before the historic inter-Korean summit in 2000.
The PSI aims to stop North Korean ships suspected of carrying missiles and other proscribed cargo, which would hit its fragile economy hard. A study by Dr. Park Chang-kwon and Dr. Kim Myung-jin at the Korean Institute for Defense Analysis (KIDA) says full implementation of the PSI would deprive the North of hard currency gains of US$700 million-1 billion (US$=W958) by stopping exports of weapons and illegal drugs and counterfeit money. The sum accounts for 40-50 percent of the $2 billion the North earns through overseas transactions including inter-Korean business. That would make it extremely difficult for the North Korean regime to keep the economy afloat and stay in power. It is the Chinese and the South Koreans that are keeping NK afloat.
North Koreas weapons exports earn it some $400-500 million, drug smuggling and counterfeit dollar transactions $300-500 million, and the inter-Korean projects $160 million, a Unification Ministry official estimates. Another $30-100 million annually goes to the North from the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan or Chongryon. The study says Seouls participation in the PSI would stop or curtail inter-Korean exchanges and the subsidies from the South that go with it, which besides hitting the North Korean economy would dry up the supply of materials for Pyongyangs weapons industry.
That threat would inevitably galvanize the North Korean military. Implementation of the PSI could force it into mobilization under anti-American, anti-imperialist and nationalist slogans. The study speculates that if Pyongyangs traditional allies China and Russia join the PSI too, the resulting frustration and defeat would split the North Korean military into hawks and the moderates. In that scenario, the North could escalate military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, especially through incursions across the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea.
It was concerns like these that prompted the CPRF statement on Wednesday, a Unification Ministry official speculated.