The EU Diplomacy in North Korea promotes peace or war?

Flag of North Korea or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Flag of North Korea or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

It was last Friday that the seven EU embassies located in Pyongyang received a formal warning by the North Korean regime to evacuate the premises and leave the country as soon as possible. As it was explicitly stated by the world’s most obscure totalitarian regime, the local authorities could not guarantee their safety after the 10th of April. The European diplomats, however, are said not to have any intention of abandoning the ship whatsoever. Is it because the EU has sent its most brave and fierce diplomats in that remote communist capital of Asia? We‘ll see about that.

North Korea in time

Let’s take things from the beginning. North Korea or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was split from the South Korea in 1945 during World War II. DPRK was occupied by the former Soviet Union and the South of the peninsula by the USA. A few years later, in 1950, a three year war between the two countries broke out, with the South being supported by the United Nations and the North by China and the Soviet Union. Later on in 1991 both countries became members of the United Nations. The small country of 25 million inhabitants, that was brought up with hard core Stalinistic ideals by its first leader Kim ll-sung, is today the 4th biggest military power in the world with 1.21 million active duty army. Keeping always a provocative stance against Seoul and the US Pyongyang reached very close to war with the USA in 1994. The country has been early involved in nuclear energy and in 2009 declared that it developed a nuclear weapon. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Intelligence services confirmed the potential of DPRK to fabricate nuclear weapons.

Albeit provocative, Kim Jong-il was engaging in negotiations and discussions over the country’s nuclear programme. A good example is the closure of the Yongbyon reactor in 2007. However, in December 2011 Kim Jong-il died and so did the engaging approach of the country with the rest of the world. Right after his death, it was his 30 year old son, Kim Jong-un, who came to replace him as the ruler of DPRK. At first, the world thought that that young boy, who had received European education, would be a hope for a new era in the relationships of the country’s totalitarian regime with the rest of the world. Apparently, all those great expectations were confined to a basketball game that the young dictator watched in Pyongyang with the eccentric American basketball star, Dennis Rodman, a couple of months ago.

North Korea in a state of war

Let’s now follow the current escalation of the crisis in the Korean peninsula. In December 2012 the communist regime of the Korean country launched a nuclear missile and last February it conducted a new nuclear test. All this at a time where Kim Jong-un is said to resume the operations of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor and claim the undisputed right of the country for “nuclear” power. The situation came out of control when according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency Mr Kim talking to defense industry workers on the 17th of March said the following: “Once the war breaks out, we have to destroy the enemies’ key military locations and government institutions with a quick and sudden strike; We must absolutely guarantee the quality of our artillery and shells to ensure a rapid pre-emptive attack on our enemies”. Moreover, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry, as quoted by China’s media Xinhua, stated the following: “The current question is not whether, but when a war would break out on the peninsula because of the increasing threat from the United States”. What is more, the spike of the tensions came when Yonhap news agency reported that Pyongyang loaded two mid-range Musudan missiles on mobile launchers and hid them below the ground in the east coast of the country.

As it was expected, challenges like these could not have been left unexploited by the USA that they seemed to have been looking for the right opportunity to “democratize” this part of the world as well. The US has already sent a B-52 and B-2 stealth bombers as part of joint military drills with South Korea in the region. They are also to send a spy plane to their military base in Misawa of Japan given the information that DPRK is set to launch the missiles without warning. The one of the two missiles that North Korea has hidden in the east is a Musudan with a range of 3.000 km and a KN-08 that is said to have intercontinental reach. The missiles could cover any possible target in South Korea and Japan and even reach US military bases on the Pacific island of Guam. Last Friday the Pentagon warned Pyongyang that “further provocative action would be regrettable”.

The international condemnation

While everything is ready for a new war in the Korean peninsula, Ban Ki Mun, UN Secretary General said last Thursday that he was “deeply concerned” by the escalating tension in Korea. In addition, the European Union, represented by Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign affairs chief, deplored DPRK’s announcement that it would reopen the nuclear reactor in Yongbyon, an action that is a clear violation of the UN resolutions and commitments of 2007 during the six-party talks. She also continued her statement: “Continued breaking of its international obligations… that threaten stability in the region will inevitably lead to an ever more united response by the international community”… “North Korea should refrain from fuelling further tensions and show commitment to the agreed goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” … “Once again, I urge the (North Korean) leadership to take a constructive path and re-engage with the international community.”

EU Diplomacy in Pyongyang: In or Out?

Even if the US have tried to play down Kim Jong-un’s threats, one thing is for sure; the stealth bombers above the Korean peninsula are not there to drop water balloons whatsoever. Coming back now to the EU embassies presence there, the European diplomats of Britain, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Sweden were advised by the communist regime to leave rapidly the country for safety reasons. However, the information coming from our fellow Europeans in Pyongyang is that they have unanimously agreed not to leave. Is the International Vienna Convention, which imposes the protection of the diplomatic corps in case of war, what makes all those people relieved over there? I am afraid not.

There are two possible explanations why the EU embassies are not being evacuated in a form of a unanimous political decision. According to the first, the EU diplomatic presence there has a stability role in the country and the region. It is also the European Union’s great opportunity to prove one more time that it deserved the Nobel Prize for Peace last December. Of course, one would think that if the EU representatives take off suddenly, this can escalate even more the crisis and lead to a war where the foreign presence is taken away and the field is free for a bombing rain. There is, also, a second explanation though. According to that one, the time for a new US war conflict has come. Perhaps it is time to give an end once and for all to this North Korea story that allegedly threatens the world peace and stability. South Korea and the US were looking for the right opportunity to give a solution to this problem for a long time now. The timing seems perfect, the threats from Pyongyang are imminent and it seems that the right excuse has been at last found for military invasion in the North. Besides, it has been almost two years now since the last US war interference, which took place in Libya, and of course many American bombs and bullets have expired or close to expire and need to be used for “stock maintenance”reasons.

In every war good intelligence is the key to victory. Western diplomats in Pyongyang during a possible war are bound to be excellent information source for both Washington and Seoul. Besides, in other cases of US invasion in the past, foreign diplomacy never left the premises. I don‘t see any reason why they should now.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

A new global financial crisis develops fast; who denies it?

Can the US-Iran rapprochement change the world?

Family incomes stagnate in the EU; people excluded from ‘moderate recovery’

The hostilities in south and eastern Ukraine resume; where could they lead?

Leveraging digital for high quality internships

“Fortress Europe”, “Pegida” and its laughing stocks

“One Belt One Road”: Its relevance to the European Companies

Why do medical students need to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

One more country to test the EU project: Kaczynski’s Poland

Is Europe misjudging its abilities to endure more austerity and unemployment?

Macro-Financial Assistance: Europe’s way to control Ukraine?

Lack of involvement, or lack of opportunities?

Alice in Colombia

Germany objects to EU Commission’s plan for a Eurozone bank deposits insurance scheme but Berlin could go along

Pumping more money into banks but leaving them unregulated doesn’t help

Turkey to let EU alone struggle with the migrant crisis while enhancing its economic ties with Russia instead?

Cameron readies to support ‘yes’ for Britain in the EU

Migration crisis will keep deteriorating as common EU political will is simply not there

The challenges of mental health among the Syrian medical students

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: List of Recent Climate Funding Announcements

ECB guarantees the liquidity of the Atlantic financial volume

How much more political is the new EU leadership? Does this include personal bend?

The Eurogroup offered a cold reception to IMF’s director for Europe

Regional policies slowed down by EU bureaucracy

The EU spent €158 billion on vague, open-ended rural projects

Falling inflation urges ECB to introduce growth measures today

Greece lost a month that cannot be found neither in “mini Summits” nor in Berlin

France asks help from Germany but it will not be for free

Brussels terrorist attacks: Schengen in danger once again while leaders gather Europe’s multiple broken pieces

A Sting Exclusive: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Regional Forum

EFSF/ESM boss tells half truths about Troika’s doings

Council’s position on Visa Directive a step back for young people’s mobility

Any doubt?

Utmost hypocrisy emitted by EU’s energy regulation

Economic recovery won’t tackle youth unemployment problem

Tsipras doesn’t seem to have learned his “almost Grexit” lesson and Greece faces again financial and political dead end

Trade protectionism and cartels threaten democracy

The EU Spring Summit set to challenge austerity

Bugged Europe accepts US demands and blocks Morales plane

What can stop the ‘too big to fail’ bankers from terrorising the world?

China’s 13th Five Year Plan and the opportunities for Europe

Politics needs to “Youth UP” in order the ensure the future of our democracies

Eurozone: The crisis hit countries are again subsidizing the German and French banks

JADE Handover Ceremony at the European Parliement

eGovernmnet for more efficiency, equality and democracy

A Sting Exclusive: “Our ambition is by 2020 Indonesia to become an emerging power of World’s Maritime Access”, reveals the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Indonesia in Brussels, treating WEF, ASEAN and EU-Indonesia relations on the eve of the World Economic Forum East Asia 2015 in Jakarta

Time to be welcome: Youth work and integration of young refugees

EU’s new environmental policy on biofuels impacts both the environment and the European citizen

EU Commission: Banking and energy conglomerates don’t threaten competition!

Greece’s last Eurogroup or the beginning of a new solid European Union?

Is Data Privacy really safe seen through Commissioner’s PRISM?

Our present and future tax payments usurped by banks

‘Internal security’ or how to compromise citizens’ rights and also make huge profits

Entrepreneurship in a newly shaped Europe: what is the survival kit for a young Catalan and British entrepreneur in 2018?

European Banking Union: Like the issue of a Eurobond?

Who really cares about the 26.2 million of EU jobless?

The new European Union of banks is ready

MWC 2016 LIVE: T-Mobile US reveals 5G trial plans

EU crisis aggravates structural differences, threatens cohesion

Making money from meeting the SDGs? An overarching approach to sustainable development.

More Stings?

Comments

  1. Mark brunberg says:

    Please help North South Central America Ocean Nuclear Fallout:
    I have too small a voice, I wrote the President of the United States, my congress representative. They have forgotten global thermo nuclear cleanup. This is a start build list. We still need block & tackle factory. Berkshire Hathaway called me one voice.
    Raincloud barnacle feed and filter to protect large ocean creature fertile breeding ground; Plus add 20% more rainforest.
    Lessen degree radioactive fallout part per million for cellular organism:

    Nuclear fallout clean up checklist:

    1. 20,000,000 timber bark on telephone pole size log

    2. 2,000,000 10,000 Gallon propane tank – high pressure use air for fin drive and pneumatic submersible drive

    3. 800,000,000 pulley, block & Tackle

    4. 400,000 miles mariner rope tie block and tackle

    5. Connect bar for railroad car 2,000,000

    6. What filter stone would the railcar pull

    7. Turnstile on every island continent station for continual propulsion
    Stone weight submersible
    Tie all together and bring to surface for fossil fuel free ocean voyage

    8. ¿? HELP. SOS S.O.S.

    Or this is my need for grant please return call after read, I will map point facility tree stand and agreement or use the entire university system

    Bamboo scaffold Himalaya & Andes water from bubbler rain for high desert 150-200 million bamboo, float stone then encircle earth in bamboo, bamboo

    You’re Nation might be in better location to assist rain calculation and creativity

    Sincerely,
    Mark Brunberg

    I wrote Ford foundation this today and NORAD, I have what feels as telepathy, falling stars and positive belief this might help

  2. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after reading through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s