[정치]North Korea left the ball in the South and the United States… will it be a breeze after Biden’s launch?

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As North Korea has virtually handed over the ball to our side and the United States, the attention is now focused on after the inauguration of US President Biden.

What message the Biden administration gives out while North Korea demands to withdraw its hostile policy against North Korea first is expected to be a big variable in the situation on the Korean Peninsula this year.

Reporter Hwang Hye-kyung reports.

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North Korea demanded the US to withdraw its hostile policy, and the South Korean government to bring in advanced military equipment and stop joint training between Korea and the US.

However, it is difficult for the US and our government to take action first in a situation where North Korea has not shown any intention to denuclearize or talk.

It is for this reason that the prospects of experts are not so bright in the content of the North Korean party conference.

[박원곤 / 한동대학교 국제지역학과 교수 : 조건이라는 것이 사실상 한국이나 미국 모두 받아들이기 매우, 거의 불가능한 수준이기 때문에 (바이든 행정부가) 대북정책을 검토하고 입안하는 과정에서 자신들의 입장을 반영해서 충분히 수용하라는 일종의 압박이라고…(읽힙니다.)]

Nevertheless, the attention has been drawn since the inauguration of the Biden administration in that North Korea has left room for dialogue with the US.

This is because biden-elect, who has not yet released an official message to North Korea after the election, may escalate the dialogue or worsen the situation, depending on the plans he will reveal during his inauguration ceremony and later in the process of establishing a policy toward North Korea.

[임을출 / 경남대학교 극동문제연구소 교수 : 미국이 국내 문제 해결에 집중할 수밖에 없는 상황이고 북한 문제에 관심을 가질 겨를이 없거든요. 코로나 문제 회복, 또 경제 회복, 지금 산적한 문제가 있거든요. 그런데 그랬을 때 과연 북한 문제를 어떻게 우선순위에 놓을 수 있을까….]

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The ROK-US combined military training held in March was also put to the test.

North Korea, which has always called for the cessation of combined exercises, is also pointing this time as a clue to the restoration of trust and reconciliation between the two Koreas, which is expected to deepen the troubles of ROK and US military authorities.

[신범철 / 경제사회연구원 외교안보센터장 : (방역협력, 금강산 협력 등은) 본질적인 문제가 아니다, 그렇기 때문에 우리 정부가 제안한 이슈별 협력은 하지 않겠고 근본적인 문제를 풀자 하는 건데 (한미 연합훈련 등은) 미국하고 관련돼 있으니까 북미 관계를 먼저 풀어 보고 그 다음에 남북관계를 살피겠다….]

While some have pointed out that the success or failure of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula depends on how actively the Korean government now moves against North America,

Expectations and concerns are intersecting whether North Korea will be able to meet the “spring day three years ago” again.

This is YTN Hwang Hye-kyung.

[저작권자(c) YTN & YTN plus 무단전재 및 재배포 금지]

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