Over the past few days North Korea has been in the news far too much. However, contrary to popular opinion it hasn’t all been warmongering and new ballistic missile tests. Instead, for the first time in eight years, North Korea’s chief diplomat Ri Yong-Ho met with foreign ministers from China, South Korea and Russia in Manila, Philippines. This was partly facilitated by American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson who first called for negotiations and normalization of diplomatic relations with no conditions between the nations. President Moon Jae-in of South Korea continued to reiterate that the only way to solve the North Korean question is through careful diplomatic maneuvering and negotiations. He continued to explain that Koreans would also be the only ones who would die in the reignition of the Korean conflict, so the US despite being very close allies with the South Koreans should do well to keep to their terms of engagement with their northern counterparts.
I believe that in the coming years this situation may be resolved as North Korea opens its borders, transforming into not a democracy but a more liberal nation which the US may ally itself with for its strategic position and resources much like how Saudi Arabia is today, in the Middle East.
* “A Rare Round of Diplomacy From North Korea’s Top Diplomat.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 7 Aug. 2017, http://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/07/world/asia/north-korea-asean-tillerson.html.
** “Tillerson in Thailand to Press Junta on North Korea Ties.” Manila Bulletin News, news.mb.com.ph/2017/08/08/tillerson-in-thailand-to-press-junta-on-north-korea-ties/.