The Normalization of North Korea Should be a National Priority

Jeong Jae Sung  |  2007-11-06 16:35
[imText1]Social organizations interrelated with the New Right movement proposed the New Right-Six Policies for Advancement as national policies for the next administration on the 6th.

The New Right Policy Committee, Citizens United for Better Society, Lawyers for Citizens, Liberty Union and Hansun Foundation for Freedom and Prosperity all took part cooperatively in the announcement of the policies.

These organizations revealed principals and substantiated roadmaps for the each of the six policies toward North Korea.

The purposes of the policies: permanent peace, advanced means of living for the North Korean people and preparing a foundation for unification through the normalization of North Korean politics. Additionally, the organizations presented specific conditions for implementing the policy: denuclearizing North Korea and establishing a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula; urging North Korea to reform, open and join the international community; activate reciprocal trade and economic cooperation between the North and the South; solve the humanitarian and human rights problems.

To accomplish these conditions, they suggested international cooperation based on an alliance with South Korea, the U.S. and Japan; compliance with the principals of reciprocity and equality; and transparency in carrying out national agreements.

These principals imply the intention ousting the Sunshine Policy which advocates mostly national cooperative assistance, cooperation with the North Korean regime and economic cooperation between the South and North.

Regarding current North Korean issues, the organizations insist on the rapid implementation of the September 19 Joint Statement and the February 13 Agreement and the establishment of an allied deterrent to counter North Korean military tension.

In order to promote this reform, they have suggested a new means of economic assistance through an international consortium to rebuild the North Korean economy, a comprehensive plan for facilitating reform and the opening of the North Korean economy, assistance in organizing international and domestic factions for the reform and opening, all following the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Regarding South-North economic cooperation, they proposed that the South Korean government play a faithful role in guaranteeing the participants safety and to supply information based on the principals of market economy.

They pointed out that the Sunshine Policy should be re-examined to determine the source of its failure.

They stated that the Sunshine Policy failed to lead North Korea to reform, failed to open the North Korean economy, failed to encourage participation in the international community. The policy was also unsuccessful in solving chronic famine and nuclear affairs. The organizations additionally criticized that the Sunshine Policy ignored the human rights situation suffered by the North Korean people and brought about abnormal relations between the North and the South, conflicts within South Korean society and a crack in the alliance between the South and the U.S.

They insisted that the key reasons for the failure of the Sunshine Policy were: exceeding optimism regarding the North Korean regime, its extreme emphasis on one-way economy assistance and on the spirit of national cooperation, and finally because weakened international cooperation.

The one-way economy assistance policy, in particular, allowed the North Korean military dictatorship to avoid making efforts to open and reform its economy and allowed it to reject influence from the international community.
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