[Letters] Act judiciously on North Korea

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[Letters] Act judiciously on North Korea

Regarding “Reigniting nuclear issue” [Editorial, April 15], my opinion is that we should extend our best efforts to resolve North Korea’s nuclear issue diplomatically and peacefully. You have some points in your editorial, but I believe this issue must be treated judiciously. The international community has tried to solve this matter through six-party talks. I’m certain that direct talks between the United States and North Korea are the most effective way to solve the issue and bring regional stability, not insisting on six-party talks only, because it has been proved that the talks haven’t worked well on the North Korean nuke issue. Any channels for negotiation other than direct talks between the U.S. and North Korea are in vain.

The Korean government will take up full membership in the Proliferation Security Initiative. In my opinion, our government must maintain the present PSI status, with South Korea participating in the PSI as an observer. I think full participation in the U.S.-led PSI will trigger danger. It will drive North Korea to much stronger provocation, which will shake regional stability.

The Korean government should build up a strong self-defense mechanism to deter North Korea’s constant provocations by having a robust missile defense capability and by exchanging data between missile defense systems with allies.

At the same time, a military officer exchange program with North Korea must be implemented to build up mutual confidence.

The Korean government must deal with this matter discreetly. North Korea must take some responsibility as a member of the international community by abiding by international rules. Endangering regional peace will have definite unpleasant consequences.

Kim David, ksbdavid@daum.net
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