North Korean Nuclear Issue: Seoul ‘Needs to Take Matters Into Its Own Hands’

Friday, April 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

Seoul should become more actively engaged in the process of resolving the North Korean issue and “take matters into its own hands,” Director of the International and Strategic Studies Division at Korea Institute for National Unification Shin Jong-Ho told Sputnik Korea.

“The fact that no progress has been made on determining the ways to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue during the talks between United States President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shows that the moment has come to search for innovative ways to turning North Korea into a nuclear-free state,” he said.

Shin Jong-Ho noted that South Korea should come up with its own approach to dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue. The analyst referred to this strategy as the “Korean Solution,” saying that it is particularly needed at a time when China could chose to play a greater part in the matter.

The “Korean Solution,” in his view, should focus on creating conditions for a comprehensive dialogue which will lead to resolving the issue. Agreements with the United States are expected to be significant for this process, he added.

This is not to say that Seoul should not work with other nation to encourage Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions.

“First of all, South Korea, North Korea, China and the United States need to reach a complete understanding and agreement on the ways of building peace. Then the six-party talks, including Russia and Japan, should be relaunched,” he told Sputnik Korea.

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