Since it started 68 years ago, the Korean Peninsula has been in a state of war. The World would welcome the stability resulting from the end of the Korean War, denuclearization of North Korea, and reunification. Is it possible to find peace on the Korean Peninsula?
However, wanting positive change will prove far easier than actually achieving it. Considering North Korea and Kim Chong Un from their perspective, there are questions that are difficult to resolve:
- How does N Korea and Kim Chong-Un benefit from the end of the Korean War and reunification with the
- Does Kim Chong-un behave as someone who would give up power? Remember his half-brother? Firing
missiles over Japan? And, a host of other provocative acts as the leader of N Korea?
How does this serve the interests of China or Russia, who have used N Korea as a proxy in their strategic challenge to the U.S. and its Allies? Remember the 2001 Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship and Article 9? North Korea is part of their calculus.
All of this said, ending the war and North Korea becoming a contributing member of the international community does not appear to fit with North Korea and Kim Chong-Un's medium and long-term interests.