For the first time in a long while there seems to be some hope coming out of the situation in North Korea. This week in Beijing a North Korean representatives met with Standing Committee member Liu Yunshan who was somehow able to convince North Korea to turn it down a notch and to cease its incessant war mongering.
SCMP reports that top North Korean political officer Choe Ryong-hae stated a willingness to resume talks with the international community and to make a continued effort towards peace in the Korean peninsula. This initiative by North Korea comes partly due to a desire by the Pyongyang to mend soured relationships with Beijing after a belligerent DPRK refused to heed the advice of its only ally over its nuclear testing and threats.
Choe was quoted as saying
“North Korea appreciates China’s enormous efforts to maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and push for a return to talks and consultations on the problems of the Korean peninsula, and is willing to accept China’s suggestion to have talks with all parties”
Tensions in the region rose again when North Korea tested short range missiles by firing them into the sea last weekend.
Earlier this month South Korean president Park Geun-hye met with President Obama in Washington DC for talks on a trade agreement, and the topic of Park’s neighbour was discussed as well. The two leaders reiterated their support for each other against the North Korean threat while unanimously agreeing the troublesome nation is obligated to change.
With this news the hope for a peaceful and cooperative North Korea is becoming more realistic. It would be great if North Korean compliance would come sooner rather than later, so these kinds of atrocities can stop happening.
By Oliver Dzuba // Image credit: Gabriel Prehn Britto