81.9% of Japanese oppose re-negotiation

South Korean new president Moon once promised he would “discard the agreement” in his campaign. Later, he retracted his previous statement saying he would “renegotiate the agreement”.

The issue was supposed be settled “finally and irreversibly” in the agreement.

The recent poll showed(in Japanese) that 76.4% of Japanese think the new South Korean Moon administration might not comply with the agreement. And 81.9% of Japanese support Japanese Abe administration’s stance of not to reopen the deal.

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North Korean defectors in South Korea are afraid of Moon


We should be very worried about Moon Jae-in
May 15, 2017

Is South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, forming a cabinet or a politburo? As I’ve written here, there is long been good reason to be worried. Moon has a long association with Minbyun, the hard-left lawyers’ group that is acting as Pyongyang’s law firm in South Korea by using the courts to wage lawfare against refugees, in violation of their human rights. He was chairman of the campaign of Roh Moo-hyun, the “anti-American” and “a little crazy” president who rode to power on the shoulders of a violent mob that attacked, spat on, and threw firebombs at American soldiers. As Roh’s Chief of Staff, Moon decided to seek Pyongyang’s input before abstaining from a U.N. resolution denouncing severe human rights abuses against its people, and then lied about it. – See more at: http://freekorea.us/2017/05/15/25409/#sthash.QymOitIC.dpuf

The most alarming development of all may be Moon’s choice of Im Jeong-seok as his Chief of Staff. Im was jailed in the 1980s for three-and-a-half years after accompanying North Korea propaganda star Lim Soo-kyung (now a lawmaker in Moon’s party, and discussed in this OFK post for a drunken 2012 tirade against North Korean defectors and human rights activists) during an illegal visit to Pyongyang.

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South Korea insists “No”, but unable to solve by herself, as always

Looking back history, the history has proven that Korea have always opposed and blame others for wrong doing. However, they are unwilling and unable to solve problems herself.

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States

Daniel C. Sneider

Like many Koreans, Moon and his advisers worry about deepening China’s influence in the North, and on the peninsula more broadly, and warn against any approach that would effectively bypass South Korea.

I do not see it as desirable for South Korea to take the back seat and watch discussions between the U.S. and China and dialogues between North Korea and the U.S.,” Moon told the Washington Post. “I believe South Korea taking the initiative would eventually strengthen our bilateral alliance with the U.S. However, when I say ‘take the initiative,’ I do not mean that South Korea will approach or unilaterally open talks with North Korea without fully consulting the U.S. beforehand.”

This desire to assert South Korean leadership is reflected in Moon’s defense policies. Moon had opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries by the United States, including the accelerated deployment of the first battery ahead of the election. More recently, he stepped back from that position, though he continues to signal the possibility of reopening discussion on the deployment of THAAD. In the long run, Moon and the progressives support the establishment of an indigenous Korean Air and Missile Defense system, which would not be linked to the U.S. and Japanese missile defense architecture, along with a preemptive-strike system armed with South Korean ballistic missiles.

Of course, Koreans don’t like “Korea passing”. But, like I quoted in the previous entry, “The South Korean leader must also accept that his country no longer has a first say over managing the North Korean confrontation”.

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