Is Denuclearization on the Korean peninsula All Right?
Is Denuclearization on the Korean peninsula All Right?
  • Yeon Je-won (Mueunjae 18)
  • 승인 2019.01.05 00:17
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The 9.19 military agreement on  which expressed a lot of concern about the denuclearization agreement in various conservative camps, is under the process of implementing each one since President Moon Jae-in was elected. The key points of the 9.19 military agreement are withdrawing the demilitarized zone (DMZ) monitoring GP, setting up a no-fly zone near the DMZ, stopping hostilities in the western buffer zone, and joint use of the Han river estuary. My thoughts also coincide with the conservative camp. In the process of implementing the 9.19 military agreement, Moon Jae-in government largely neutralized the main functions of the NIS. Although the ultimate goal of our country is ‘peaceful reunification’ and denuclearization, the NIS should take a vigilant attitude toward North Korea’s threats until the end of the war. I think it is a measure to undermine the national self-defense identity in order to neutralize the organization that controls these North Korean threats. In addition, unlike the precise control of the North Korean National Security Command, the de facto dismantling of the Defense Security Command and the deletion of the expression “North Korea is our main enemy” in the textbooks seem to be a matter of concern for the national security identity.

  In terms of the ROK-US alliance, I think that the ROK-US alliance, as of 2018, is at risk of an explosion when it is compared to a volcano. The pressures Pompeo the US Secretary of State and the secondary boycott of Korean companies are under, and the public opinion of US citizens asking reasons to help South Korea fight against North Korea who is helping North Korea wouldn’t just be coincidences. The ambiguity between Korea’s pro-American and anti-American sentiment will not be as good for the United States as Japan and Australia have expressed a message that they will directly cooperate with the US’s Indian and Pacific strategies. Some might think that since this is a problem of our nation and people, we could postpone the opinions of other countries. If then when this military consultation breaks down, we cannot hope for anyone’s help.

There will be few Koreans in the Republic of Korea opposed to the conversation with the North Korean government and the establishment of a foundation for peaceful reunification. Everyone agrees that peaceful reunification and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula are Korea’s ultimate goal and eternal homework. However, I think that the foreign policy of the present government is too radical. Before the conversation with North Korea, the identity and roots of the security of the Republic of Korea must be kept. It would not be the peace that the people of the Republic of Korea demanded to beg for peace to North Korea while giving up and weakening security. Instead, we should lead to the peace and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula through rational and humane dialogue and negotiations while strengthening the security and identity of the Republic of Korea.