North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported on June 19 that the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Party (June 15-18) was closed after a four-day schedule. This meeting had six agendas, including ‘analysis of the current international situation and the direction of our party’s response’, and took place over four days, almost comparable to that of the party congress. Although it has the character of a policy meeting to prepare for the prolongation of the Corona crisis and the interim settlement of the task presented at the 8th Party Congress held earlier this year, the highlight was whether North Korea would return to the nuclear negotiating table.
“Agenda: 1. Issues regarding the overall implementation of major national policies in the first half of the year and countermeasures 2. Issues on concentrating all efforts on agriculture this year 3. Issues on thorough preparation for long-term emergency quarantine situations 4. On the current international situation Issues concerning the analysis of Korea and our Party’s response direction 5. Issues of stabilizing the people’s livelihood and improving and strengthening the Party’s child-rearing policy 6. Organizational issues”
Kim Jong-un’s First Step towards Biden
Kim Jong-un’s Django is over. Despite the completion of the US policy review on North Korea in April and the emphasis on dialogue and negotiation at the Korea-US summit in May, Kim Jong-un, who remained silent, concluded on the direction of the future response at the third meeting.
North Korea did not disclose details from a strategic and tactical dimension, but what can be inferred from the report is North Korea’s two-track response strategy of ‘continuous strengthening of military force + preparation for resumption of negotiations’. This means that Kim Jong-un “must be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation, especially for confrontation,” and “concentrate on stably managing the situation on the Korean Peninsula by reacting sensitively and nimbly to the ever-changing situation.” It can be seen from the emphasis on ”. This principle is in line with the directive of the Party Central Military Commission (6.11), which was held prior to this meeting, to “maintain a highly turbulent posture in line with the rapidly changing situation.”
In the future, rather than hastily returning to the arena of dialogue, North Korea is expected to continue to insist on withdrawing its hostile policies toward North Korea, such as the ROK-U.S. joint military exercise in August, while focusing on carrying out the task presented at the 8th Party Congress and strengthening its combat posture.
Dialogue with the United States will only be considered if there is a promise or concrete action on these prerequisites (carrots). The fact that he did not say a word about inter-Korean relations is interpreted in this line.
Some interpreted Kim Jong-un’s order to “prepare for both confrontation and dialogue” at this meeting as a sign of a return to dialogue, which cannot but be an arbitrarily expanded evaluation of only part of it. Kim Jong-un emphasized “maintain a confrontational posture” while using the expression “especially” ▲ and overlooked the fact that North Korea emphasized the significance of the meeting as “a historic meeting where important decisions were made in the harshest environment” one evaluation.
“The 8th Third Plenary Meeting of the Party Central Committee is a historic meeting that made important decisions for the prosperity of the country and the welfare of the people even in the harshest environment. It will be clearly engraved in the history of the Juche revolution as a meaningful meeting that showed off the invincible leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea, which boldly opens the era of dynamism and dynamics.” (KCNA, June 19, 2019)
For the time being, wouldn’t it be more realistic to say that Kim Jong-un made a strategic choice to strengthen and substantiate the ‘head-on breakthrough 2.0’ based on nuclear + self-reliance proposed earlier this year? In other words, it seems that for the time being, more weight will be placed on the river side. A meeting with Xi Jinping (習近平) is also conceivable.
The government’s response
The South Korean government and officials from the ruling party have been sending love calls to North Korea for the past three years, enduring and enduring with North Korea’s remarks, ignorance, and last-minute provocations that they do not want to speak. In particular, at the Korea-U.S. summit with the newly launched US Biden administration, it showed an unexpected act of publicly supporting the US position by making a 180-degree U-turn from its previous position in relation to current issues such as regional restructuring and trade.
In order to bring Kim Jong-un back to the meeting table, he persuaded the US to include the term ‘denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula’ (the theory of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula), which is North Korea’s deterrence claim and will make South Korea and the US perplex in future negotiations. -Succession of the summit agreement between Kim Jong-un’
In particular, in early June, pro-female media, including the Hankyoreh newspaper and former Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok, and government officials all came together to obtain and conveniently interpret the contents of the preface of the Party Bylaws, which North Korea has kept secret since it was revised at the 8th Party Congress (1.5-12). He even showed some bizarre behavior. Anyone dealing with the North Korean issue can immediately know that North Korea “has the same face, but it is a kind of confusing tactic”. Moreover, in the context of newly stipulated ‘unification based on strong national defense’, “North Korea pursues after Kim Il-sung” Asserting that the national security law should be abolished correspondingly, since we have given up on the revolutionary course of South Korea,” cannot but be the epitome of flattery that goes beyond common sense and academic conscience.
Unification Minister Lee In-young immediately offered a food aid card to North Korea, saying, “I have a concern and concern,” when North Korea expressed the unusually difficult food situation at a plenary meeting on the 18th.
Where is the goal and destination of this series of movements?
It goes without saying that It is the restart of the ‘Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula’. However, with less than a year left in office, the current government, especially North Korea, has re-declared the ‘head-on breakthrough 2.0’ route based on nuclear weapons and self-reliance, is this possible? The will and aspiration for peace are good, but you have to really think about it calmly. It shouldn’t be like a ‘fire moth that rushes at you and may die if you turn on the fire.
Let’s look back over the past three years. “It’s cowardly. What did you come back to after unilaterally courting with even the accusation that it is dangerous?”
First, it is a perfectly asymmetric structure of nuclear weapons between North and South Korea, roughly 50:0. The nuclear hostage situation and the security crisis are clear. The strategic weapons and new strategic weapons upgrade plan that Kim Jong-un has shown through the recent two military parades is at a formidable level.
Second, it is damage to national dignity and national pride. In addition to ignoring North Korea, the foreign press criticized the president for showing his side of the dictator Kim Jong-un under the guise of peace and nationality while touring Europe, where the president traditionally emphasizes nuclear order, human rights, and freedom of religion. seems to have become commonplace now.
Third, it is a waste of national power. We have to go further into the future to the world at the time of the upheaval of the century, but now, South Korea is trapped in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
In addition to this, it could be said that it is a Fire Dragon Point (畵龍點睛). Kim Jong-un finished his work and reasserted his ‘my way’. It threw the last chance to go to the nuclear disarmament negotiations with the nuclear powers. It is a national crisis. North Korea’s nuclear disarmament is becoming more and more distant. Still, the government is shouting out the old song ‘Peace, Dialogue Repertoire’, which is all but unanimous.
The government must wake up from the nightmares and obsessions. We need to take off our pods and see Kim Jong-un and North Korea as they are. Don’t forget that the earliest time is when you think it’s too late. From now on, ▲ instead of clinging to North Korea forcibly, we strive to build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula through self-defense, ROK-U.S. cooperation, and strengthening international solidarity. ▲ Strengthen our own readiness posture, including the ‘NATO-style nuclear sharing’ A discussion of the book should be carried out at the same time. ▲ Above all else, we must lay down the goal of achieving tangible results during the term of office. The North Korean policy should be pursued with the attitude of laying the foundation for the future of the next government, or even a free Republic of Korea.
In this respect, attention is paid to how the government will proceed with the meeting with the delegation of Sung Kim, who will visit Korea (June 19-23) for the first time since the Korea-US summit in Washington and as a special representative for North Korea. Please do not arbitrarily and unilaterally interpret the Washington Agreement, which has been praised as a milestone for South Korea and the United States to work hand in hand into a new future, or become obsessed with short-term events with North Korea that have repeatedly failed.
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