North Korea has proposed to conduct talks with America just a few days after they cancelled a meeting with officials from South Korea. The National Defence Commission (which is North Korea’s “highest guiding organ of the military and the managing organ of military matters” according to their 1998 constitution) demanded “serious discussions” to “secure peace and stability”. The US also demanded “credible negotiations” as long as they complied with UN regulations.
This is North Korea and America’s first high-level talks since 2009, with only smaller meeting since. The threat of nuclear war and attacks on South Korea and the US coupled with false promises to work amicably with these countries led to a renewed desire to engage in high-level talks.
North Korea has constantly been pushing the boundaries, conducting three nuclear tests in the past few years, angering most of the world and their only ally, China. The high-level talks to be conducted are a break-through in almost non-existent compromise previously. Earlier sanctions imposed by China led to increased threats from north Korea and the cutting of hotlines used for emergency communication with the South.
Although earlier in the week North Korea agreed to talk with the South they later cancelled the meeting accusing them of “deliberate disturbance” by changing the head of its delegation. However, they have now said they will be willing to have “serious discussions on a wide range of issues, including the US goal to achieve the world free of nuclear arsenal”.
Do you think North Korea will go ahead with the talks? Will the talks have a positive or negative consequence?
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Talks really? How much money do they want???
Do you think that North Korea will cancel these talks as well?
If you haven’t seen the Vice season finale about them going to North Korea with Dennis Rodman I recommend doing that right away…
LOL North Korea wants dough and the Americans want North Korea to muscle up every now and again so that they can sell weapons to South Korea and Japan and others in the region and keep busy around China. The Chinese want North Korea to be quiet so that they can have stability and economic growth and North Korea is most likely to do what the big brothers are telling it to do. So if you want to know about the results of the peace talks, just ask China and after that, ask the Americans what they really want.
Digestible Politics and youniquecreative make some good points. North Korea seems to have some self-esteem issues — like the former Soviet Union. Fortunately, NK doesn’t currently have enough actual power to pull off what the Soviets did, but that won’t stop them from yielding whatever force they can manage. Of course, haven’t politics and diplomacy become the ultimate practice of self defense?
I disagree withe youniquecreative. I don’t think the “big brothers” have as much to do with the DPRK’s nonsense as some may believe. It’s true that the U.S. does sell weapons and arms to South Korea and Japan but it also costs the U.S. quite a bit of money to monitor the North and to enure the protection of the South and Japan. South Korea pays the U.S. a little less than A billion dollars a year to maintain troops there and the amount they pay us for weapons is not even in the 10’s of billions. While that is a lot of money it does not offset the cost of watching over that area of the world because the North cannot be trusted. They are an outlier among countries in the world. It’s true that they would have come to an end long ago without the help of the Chinese. The troops we have kept in the region have been a political nightmare for the U.S. Government and the costs are not keeping pace with funds generated by selling arms to South Korea. Any benefit we get from the South would certainly be wiped out almost immediately should the North really take a dive off of the deep end with hostilities.