[3min.talk] 'Although Life Looks Normal in Seoul...' How To Ease Korean Peninsula Tensions


AsiaToday reporter Kim Yoo-jin & PD Kim Yoo-min : Although life looks quite peaceful in Seoul, tensions between North Korea and South Korea are escalating every day.

Prof. Emanuel Pastreich pointed out how to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula. Prof. Emanuel Pastreich: Although life looks very normal here in Seoul, we should not be deceived as to the risks the resulting from this terrible tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Which is to say that even if the part is involved both North Korea and its build-up of nuclear weapons and development of missile systems and also the response which is increased the amount of military activity in the region, then even if the part is involved, do not intend any sort of real conflict that these situations can spin out of control and lead extreme dangers that we had not imagined.

That means, we have to detect this situation seriously and to understand that there is no military solution, and that not any number of weapons on the peninsula can stabilize the situation.

Also, I think we have to be honest of ourselves that to speak directly about North Korea about these issues to engage and direct dialog which recognizes multiple possibilities. This is not a sign of weakness, this is not a sign of indecision, but it's very practical and necessary step to be taken and I personally think that this sort of dialog is absolutely necessary.

Now the immediate crisis on the Korean peninsula is best result and best dealt with by Koreans. However, the word 'Koreans' has multiple meanings. I think I like to stress that Koreans should involve a broad range of Koreans from ordinary citizens, NGOs, to academics, experts, policy makers, politicians, and people in the private sector. We need the real discussion and dialog about how to respond to North Korea's immediate challenge but also the process of unification going forward which is inevitable, I think,regardless the up-and-downs of the moment.

At the same time, I think we have to recognize the technology is evolving very quickly and we need to recognize that there's no way to stop North Korea from developing these weapons except to come out to comprehensive guidelines and rules on a global scale for how we develop control technology.

What that means is we need own limitations, treaties on East Asia for both conventional and emerging technologies like drones and robots and also for nuclear weapons which will be affecting all over the countries. And I hardly urge the United States to take the first step in proposing such comprehensive arms control agreements for Northeast Asia.

Moreover I think it's absolutely imperative that the United States, China, Russia, and other countries will turn to the hard of our policy towards North Korea, and towards the world, which is non-preparation(?) of treaty which the United States, Russia and China signed, which dictates that we should eliminate nuclear weapons on a global scale.

And the commitment shown towards that goal, we do numerous amount for creating environment which North Korea would truly commit itself to eliminate nuclear weapons and agreeing upon a truly global village which we all work together for the better good.