Skip to comments.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers olive branch to South in rare address
Posted on 01/01/2013 8:54:30 AM PST by wesagain
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media.
The address by Kim, who took over power in the state after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers.
But North Korea has offered olive branches before and Kim's speech does not necessarily signify a change in tack from a country that vilifies the United States and U.S. ally South Korea at every chance it gets.
North Korea raised tensions in the region by launching a long-range rocket in December that it said was aimed at putting a scientific satellite in orbit, drawing international condemnation.
North Korea, which considers North and South as one country, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is banned from testing missile or nuclear technology under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear weapons tests.
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If South Korea really want to end this thing, they should just offer a massive “buy out” to the North Korean leadership. Basically, set them (and their children) up for life. That’s probably what it would take. And it would be a lot cheaper than another war. They would probably have to spend lot of $$ rehabilitating the North as well. What West Germany went through with the East would pale in comparison to that undertaking, however.
They dressed him up warmly
They sent him to school
It taught him how to fight
To be nobody’s fool
Oh, oh, what a ronery boy
Oh, what a ronery boy
Oh, what a ronery boy
by Matt Damon
China won’t let that happen if it ever were to become a possibility. Too much risk at the border. As you suggest, it would be a massive undertaking, monetarily as well as culturally and physically (infrastructure, basic housing, schools, etc.)
South Korea just elected a naive woman who wants to rue with her ‘feelings’. North Korea is just giving her a chance to fall on her sword.
South Korea just elected a naive woman who wants to rule with her ‘feelings’. North Korea is just giving her a chance to fall on her sword.
China wont let that happen if it ever were to become a possibility. Too much risk at the border.
If they actually take it, the nuke goes off.