[LETTER TO THE EDITOR]Stop the carrots

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[LETTER TO THE EDITOR]Stop the carrots

Regarding your editorial ‘Kim Jong-il meets with Chung’ (June 18), I thought that the most important matter about nuclear weapons is not the stick but the carrot. But more than a 100 days have passed since North Korea declared it has nuclear deterrent. Following that, there has been no resumption of the six-party talks ― only more rhetoric, arguments and brinkmanship.
Fortunately, during the fifth anniversary of inter-Korean summit talks, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong il, said to Chung Dong young, the South unification minister that Pyongyang has never given up or rejected the six-nation talks.
He said the North might be willing to return to the six-nation talks in July. But I don’t believe Mr. Kim because he or his country always plays for time.
I think the approach must change. We must talk more with China because Beijing can talk and intensify pressure on North Korea.
The North is 70 percent dependent economically on China. The carrot is not the only method. How about trying the stick since the situation is a stalemate.


by Lim Seok-jae
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