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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 1st, 2013 at 5:48 am

Kim Jong-un’s New Year Resolution Is To End Confrontation With South Korea

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Despite what Kim Jong-un is claiming I do not see anything in his speech that shows any intent to end provocations against South Korea:

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media.

The address by Kim, who took over power in the reclusive state after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers.

But North Korea has offered olive branches before and Kim’s speech does not necessarily signify a change in tack from a country which vilifies the United States and U.S. ally South Korea at every chance it gets.

Impoverished North Korea raised tensions in the region by launching a long-range rocket in December that it said was aimed at putting a scientific satellite in orbit, drawing international condemnation.

North Korea, which considers North and South as one country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is banned from testing missile or nuclear technology under U.N. sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear weapons tests.

“An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification is to remove confrontation between the north and the south,” Kim said in the address that appeared to be pre-recorded and was made at an undisclosed location.

“The past records of inter-Korean relations show that confrontation between fellow countrymen leads to nothing but war.”

The New Year address was the first in 19 years by a North Korean leader after the death of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-un’s grandfather. Kim Jong-il rarely spoke in public and disclosed his national policy agenda in editorials in state newspapers.  [Reuters]

You can read the rest at the link, but Kim says ending confrontation requires reunification which as we all know means reunification under North Korean rule.  So basically Kim Jong-un has said nothing significant because any reunification under North Korean rule is preposterous.  If he really wanted to end confrontation with South Korea he could start by apologizing for the dozens of people killed by his regime in the sinking of the Cheonan and the artillery strike on Yeonpyeong Island.

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  • Glans
    8:40 am on January 1st, 2013 1

    The tiny bit of news here is that he gave a New Year speech at all, unlike dad, but like gramps.

  • Bill Purcell
    8:51 am on January 1st, 2013 2

    Comedy at it’s best.

  • Setnaffa
    10:18 am on January 1st, 2013 3

    Don’t the Norks still believe the “625″ was all about Unification?

  • James W Bolt [40 yards]
    11:25 am on January 1st, 2013 4

    Last night 31 December 1950 the CCF and the NKPA began their attack to take Seoul.My unit was 1,000 yards north east of Uijongbu on the 2 of January we move 7000 yards south of Uijongbu and that night after dark and into early hours of the 3 January we fired 3130 rounds of 105mm howitzer shells from the out post you could see the glow of the howitzer tube in the dark.On the after noon of the 3 January the battalion moved south to the Changii ri area

  • Setnaffa
    1:43 pm on January 1st, 2013 5

    The new President Park should return the New Year’s Greeting with “Thank you for the kind words and filial sentiment. We are sorry; but we cannot accept your surrender at this time. Can you wait until next week? We need a little more time to prepare proper accommodations for your arrival.” :mrgreen:

  • KCSC Keeps Trivial NK Speech Blocked « Infidelworld
    7:36 pm on January 1st, 2013 6

    [...] Not as if it’s a great disappointment this morning, but can someone please tell the Korean Communications Standards Commission, that I can read about the Great Successor’s New Year’s speech from any western news outlet. I couldn’t access Tim Shorrock’s link to a website (?) offering the full text of Kim Jong-un’s address calling for an end to the Korean between North Korea and the Republic of Korea (Via ROK Drop). [...]

  • Eddie Cantor
    9:13 am on January 2nd, 2013 7

    Shooting off missles proves the North isn’t serious about peace.

  • Teadrinker
    6:31 pm on January 2nd, 2013 8

    In other words, he claims he wants reconciliation in order to blame the US and South Korea for the consequences of his beligerence.


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