South Korea Doesn’t Back Use of Force for Regime Change in North
South Korea does not back the use of force to bring down the North Korean regime, President Yoon Suk Yeol said, adding he is open to speak with leader Kim Jong Un if he’s willing to end his atomic ambitions.
(Bloomberg) — South Korea does not back the use of force to bring down the North Korean regime, President Yoon Suk Yeol said, adding he is open to speak with leader Kim Jong Un if he’s willing to end his atomic ambitions.
Yoon said at a news conference in Seoul on Wednesday to mark 100 days in office that talks between the leaders of the two Koreas shouldn’t be a “political show.” He reiterated he has an “audacious plan” of food, energy and infrastructure aid for Pyongyang if it makes concrete denuclearization steps that lead to a sustainable peace.
Yoon, a conservative who took power in May, has advocated a tougher line with China and North Korea — bringing his country’s security policies in greater alignment with those of the US and Japan. He has seen his support fall to among the lowest for any South Korean president at a similar point in their term after a series of political missteps.
North Korea has fired off heated rhetoric toward South Korea this month, which could set the stage for a resumption of military provocations that have slowed in recent months. North Korea appears to be preparing to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017, government officials from Japan, South Korea and the US have said.
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Any display of the weapons in its nuclear arsenal would serve as a reminder of the security problems posed by Pyongyang that have simmered while US President Joe Biden’s administration has been focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.