Sunday, November 14, 2004

Roh Opposes Sanctions Against North Korea

Hello again,

I have come across another article, this one from The Korea Times, that describes Roh's opposition to the use of military force or imposition of sanctions against North Korea. According to the article, Roh stressed the following:
The current standoff over the North's nuclear weapons program should be resolved peacefully through the six-party dialogue. [...] The use of force lacks effectiveness as a negotiation tactic. I believe the United States, which has greatly contributed to the national economic development, will well understand this. [Also, any economic embargo] will only prolong the sense of instability and threat indefinitely.
You can access the article here.


John Woodside said...

I would have to say I agree. I think opening up trade with North Korea wouldn't hurt us in the slightest and would bring North Korea up to speed in world afairs. If other first world countries trade with North Korea we might as well. If we don't, North Korea's government can use that fact as a cruch, saying we are trying to hurt their people.

Bob Martin said...

This is an interesting topic that falls under some of the research I've been doing about former ROK President Kim Dae Jung's "Sunshine Policy" and the continuation of this positive engagement by President Roh. A lot of the controversy surrounding Roh's statements speaks to the number of domestic voices who disagree with this approach to dealing with the DPRK. Some say that Roh (and previously Kim) were too willing to be lenient toward North Korea because they risked angering Kim Jong Il and endangering the progress in inter-Korean relations.

As for me, I think that the ROK needs to walk the line between continuing to negotiate and offering a tough stance, because it's been pretty apparent that Kim Jong Il is willing and able to negotiations to his advantage to get economic relief without giving up very much.

Catherine said...

That's great that Roh supports the six party talks considering that is all that will be tried with President Bush but they have to actually take place to have any effect. I think he is foolish for thinking Bush won't use sanctions against North Korea. There is no way Bush will use aid to get North Korea back to where they were with international relations so sanctions are his only other option. I also think it is a little over zealous of Roh to say North Korea has been trying out a market economy. Their slight dabbling does not count as them testing out a new economic system.