Frosty Times Between Koreas

In an ironic twist of life, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) is moving closer to the United States and further away from the Republic of Korea. Who would have believed a few years ago North Korean Communists would see more to be gained from peace with the United States than with their fellow countrymen to the south. Recently elected as president, Lee Myung-bak, decided taking a tough stance toward North Korea was a desirable approach in sharp contrast to his predecessor who reached out to establish positive relations with North Korea. The DPRK’s main newspaper rejected as unimportant and futile responding the latest offers from Lee.

In the meantime, the DPRK is proceeding with dismantling nuclear facilities and working in a cooperative relationship with the major powers including the United States. It will allow international experts to visit its nuclear facilities, review its documents, and interview technical personnel. After taking his tough stance, President Lee realized South Korea was being left out of major negotiations with the DPRK and, essentially, would be left out in the cold regarding the future of North Korea.

Talking tough makes sense if one has the power to back up talk with action. In this case, major nations of the world want peace and nuclear disarmament and, if sweet talk will achieve that aim, so be it.