North Korea’s Cheap Diplomacy Satiates President Trump

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If the rapprochement of the two Koreans eases the tensions that paralyze the region, the referral of the denuclearization of North Korea to an indeterminate future offers Kim Jong Un a means of pressure to influence the current negotiations.

The world of foreign affairs is in turmoil! And for good reason: the two Koreas, enemies that were believed irreparably irreconcilable seem to have taken the step that all experts in international relations have been waiting since 1953.


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Naturally, reunification is not for tomorrow but the semblance of détente that crosses the two countries after North Korea has announced its desire to move closer to Seoul and reduce its nuclear arsenal paves the way for all hopes. So much for the observation that many, and rightly, will rejoice.

However, Pyong-Yang, cautious by nature and by nature, made it clear that if peace was a promise of the most achievable, the denuclearization, on the other hand, would not be immediate despite the North Korean intention to close the center. underground nuclear tests of Punggye-ri. Again, there are several reasons for this position.

Diplomatic Pressure

Kim Jong Un, aware that the current diplomatic progress should not weaken North Korea, also knows that it must maintain a diplomatic means of pressure.


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Kim Jong Un, far from ignoring the mysteries of international relations and the secret or official ties that can unite the different actors involved in this international chess game, has very well assimilated the fact that proposing to denuclearize his country was a step, a first step that will be followed in practice if the other protagonists are also performing.

In other words, if Pyong-Yang gives the feeling of taking the first step towards normalized relations to get out of the official state of war that has prevailed for 65 years, from which he also has everything to gain, he returns to the United States. United States, South Korea, Japan and also China to express their willingness to pacify the region.


A Vest to Breathe Better


So, perhaps the denuclearization announced will be translated into reality but for now the idea advanced remains on the table. At the same time, North Korean tactics, weighed down by the past failures of attempts at rapprochement or denuclearization, are also the means of giving oneself the appearance of an affable and understanding partner after having been accused of all the possible evils.

Machiavellianism?

From a diplomatic point of view, Kim Jong Un finally plays this game of chess because in case of failure to come (which some people do not want to consider but keep in mind), Pyong-Yang can easily to drape herself in the victim shroud, pointing out that the initiative of rapprochement came back to her. Machiavellian?


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Certainly. But by referring the idea of ​​a denuclearization to a future still vague, while working to a rapprochement that will be of economic benefit to him (the rapprochement in question could allow a relaxation of the Sino-Korean relations), Kim Jong Un carries out a diplomatic step forward cheaply that satisfies the United States. And while waiting for the meeting with Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un offers a new international virginity.

 

Bio: Olivier Longhi has an extensive background in European History, a seasoned journalist with fifteen years’ experience, he is currently a professor of history and geography in the Toulouse region of France. He has held varies positions within the publishing field including head of agency and chief of publishing. A journalist, recognized blogger, columnist and editorial project manager he has trained and directed editorial teams, worked as a journalist for various local radio stations, a press and publishing consultant and communication consultant.

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