[imText1]Since the Korea-U.S summit talk was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on the 18th, the U.S has continued to put carrots out to engage in N. Korea. Right after the summit talk, President Bush declared he will engage in the talks with N. Korea actively, saying that, “We have a will to solve the N. Korean nuclear problem in a peaceful way”.
Tony Snow, the Press Secretary of the White House, briefed that, “If N. Korea gives up its nukes, the U.S will announce the end of the Korean War and reinforce the close relationship with N. Korea in the economy, culture and education fields”.
Particularly, “the end of the Korean War” declaration draws attention. It is because it means that the U.S has an intention to accept what N. Korea has insisted all the while, the peace treaty.
The peace treaty will end the armistice state between the U.S and N. Korea, parties concerned. It has been 53years since N. Korea, the U.S and China made an armistice agreement. The declaration of the end of the Korean War implies that the armistice state will be changed in the peaceful state.
The 9.19 Joint Agreement announced last year stipulates that, “The six parties declared to try to keep permanent peace and stability in Northeast Asia in concert. The parties concerned will negotiate for the permanent peace of the Korean Peninsular in another forum.”
The declaration of the end of the Korean War is likely to lead to ensuring the current regime of N. Korea. If N. Korea gives up its nukes and the peace treaty is made, N. Korea is not likely to get an attack.
The U.S seems to have an intention to induce N. Korea to the talks with such a viable measure. It is highly likely that N. Korea has claimed that it has developed its nukes because of the regime threat of the U.S, and China and South Korea also have urged the U.S to ensure the current regime of N. Korea.
If the U.S takes the stance which relieves what N. Korea has worried, N. Korea could not solve the financial sanction problem since the parties will consider ‘lifting sanctions from N. Korea’ as an undue demand.
What the U.S really wants to say is that in the next six-party talk, it will make N. Korea give up its nukes and carry out the 9.19 Joint Agreement. Some point out that the Bush administration struggles to end the War on Terror within his term.
Through such an action, the U.S is expected to control the talk preventing the “evasion strategy” of N. Korea such as the prior-lifting financial sanction.
It is noticeable how N. Korea will respond in the next six-party talk, while the U.S put out a draft ensuring the Kim Jong Il’s regime.