South Korea hatches ‘bold plan’ to provide security guarantees to North Korea
In a nutshell, the Yoon government “will provide corresponding measures gradually and simultaneously,” the unification ministry said, making it clear that it is not pursuing a big deal or an all-or-nothing approach. Nor is the South Korean government seeking a denuclearization first, then a compensation approach.
“We are designing a bold proposal as North Korea no longer sees the need to develop nuclear weapons,” Kwon said during the press briefing at the presidential office, without giving further details.
“The main thing is to resolve political and military clashes and push forward consultation on economic cooperation with North Korea through inter-Korean dialogue and trilateral talks between the two Koreas and the United States, in accordance substantial progress in the denuclearization of North Korea.”
Kwon said the Yoon government aims to “carry out the plan in the near future in close coordination and cooperation with the United States and offer it to North Korea.”
The Unification Ministry weighed several options, including measures for ‘military confidence-building and arms control’, a senior ministry official told a closed-door briefing when asked about the matter. .
The official, who wished to remain anonymous, also suggested that measures to improve diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea were under consideration, explaining that what North Korea has always pursued since the 1970s is the restoration of relations between the United States and North Korea.
Opening of North Korean media to the public
During his briefing in Yoon, Kwon said he also highlighted the Unification Ministry’s plan to steadily push forward humanitarian cooperation with North Korea regardless of the political and military situation. The ministry hopes the COVID-19 aid could be a boost for inter-Korean healthcare cooperation.
At the same time, the Unification Ministry seeks to significantly improve North Korean human rights to realize the universal values of mankind. The rapid launch of a North Korean human rights foundation – which has been postponed for more than six years – has been proposed as a measure to achieve this goal.
In addition, the Unification Ministry has also set itself the goal of restoring ethnic homogeneity by actively seeking inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation regardless of the progress of denuclearization.
As part of its efforts, the Unification Ministry plans to gradually allow public access to North Korea’s publications and public publications, most of which are off-limits to South Koreans, in a bid to improve understanding of North Korea. He gave no further details.
The unification ministry aims to come up with steps that South Korea can take unilaterally to restore ethnic homogeneity, the ministry source said during the briefing. In this context, the ministry considered the possibility of opening North Korean state media to South Korean audiences while encouraging North Korea to take corresponding measures.
By Ji Da-gyum
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