This week, a pro-North Korean news outlet in Japan published a lengthy signed article urging the US to accept the North’s talks proposal. The article contained a tutorial on North Korean understanding of terms, implying the US might not have appreciated their significance. The article purported to tutor the US about how North Korea was at the center of all recent high level discussions. That is the North Korean world view.
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The article concluded with this threat: “The crisis that occurred in March would repeat itself, should the Obama administration avoid dialogue and miss out on the opportunity for negotiations to remove the structure of confrontation from the Korean peninsula. The days are gone when the United States was giving lectures to tell the DPRK to do this or that, while unilaterally committing military coercion.”
Although the article is not an official North Korean government statement, it almost certainly was published with approval by the North Korean central committee secretariat for propaganda. Kim Jong Un’s advisers seem uneasy that the US has not jumped at their leader’s offer of talks. Their statements indicate they consider North Korea the geo-strategic equal of China and the United States because all signed the Armistice Agreement.
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South Korean President Park makes her state visit to China next week and the North Koreans want to see themselves as a player internationally to a greater degree than they are. There is nothing new in their posture. They fail to appreciate that rest of the world knows that they threatened a nuclear war and then were forced to back down because they could not maintain a nation-wide combat alert. The populace has little capacity for more deprivation in another phony crisis. They offer nothing new in talks. And nobody really cares whether or not they starve, so long as they don’t launch nuclear attacks against their neighbors.
In my opinion, Kim Jung Un would like to drift his country toward some sort of rapprochement with the West and with South Korea (which is being conciliatory) in an effort to pull his country out of the hole that his grandfather and father have put it in. However, for North Korea to join the rest of the planet, the people will need to be included in the fact that they’ve been screwed — hard — by their leadership for decade after decade. It would mean a loss of power for the North Korean elite – and if they remained in the country, they’d likely be murdered by a mob. That won’t happen anytime soon. Neither will talks that result in bribes being paid to North Korea not to attack their neighbors.