Asia-Pacific

Oct 2, 2017

South Korea seems to be the only country reacting sensibly to Pyongyang

The South Korean government demonstrates a flexibility and skill in dealing with all sides in the current difficult situation, writes former Australian ambassador to China Dennis Argall.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump 

Australia has had yet another high-level, former US defence official breeze in, this time to warn that we might be attacked by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Whether there is or is not a concerted plan to all this, the visits of the grave and famous, and warnings about improbable threats serve the purpose of keeping us from wandering away from Uncle Sam’s skirt in these strange times. It is useful to step away from speculation and look at some things actually happening. 

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4 thoughts on “South Korea seems to be the only country reacting sensibly to Pyongyang

  1. old greybearded one

    South Korea is the one with everything to lose. Yes the US could wipe the Rocket Man out, but at a huge cost to Seoul both short and long term.

    1. craig

      Yes, absolutely. Everyone seems to think that should DPRK wanna be startin’ somethin’, they’d be – everyone’s favourite word – annihilated. Which is rather ill-considered, given that 51 million people in South Korea live 150km to the south of Pyongyang. Good luck “annihilating” KJU with no repercussions in the south.

  2. Roger Clifton

    In 2011 we saw how rampant fear spread through Japan, of a threat created out of speculation alone. In this light, it seems that the Joe Cool act by President Moon is masterful. Led thus, perhaps South Korea should be in charge of its own defence.

  3. AR

    Thanks for this article, cogent, information dense, well reasoned and blissfully free of bluster.

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