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”.

Besides, who trust South Korea after all the betrayal. Or does South Korea has ability stand up or speak up against North Korea and China? South Korea(Moon) could not even accuse human lights violations in North Korea at UN. Why do we have to cooperate with her on North Korea. She won’t thank us ever.

Moon’s policy already failed.

On this and other issues, the election of Moon is likely to test the limited progress made during the Park administration toward trilateral cooperation with Japan and the United States. The foundation of that progress was the “comfort women” agreement, but it also included the signing of a trilateral pact on intelligence sharing. Moon opposed both agreements and has vowed to reopen the “comfort women” issue, pointedly visiting a memorial in Busan whose erection prompted Japan to temporarily withdraw its ambassador from Seoul. As Moon knows well, anti-Japanese sentiment remains deeply entrenched in South Korea, fed by the expansion of Japan’s regional military role, with the encouragement of the United States.

“trilateral cooperation with Japan and the United States”… in YOUR DREAM, Mr. Sneider. It’s Koreans, dude! It’s naive to think of such a thing. Koreans are not rational people when it comes to Japan.

Like I mentioned in previous entry, “it is also a fact that successive generations of South Korean politicians have enjoyed baiting Tokyo. This is largely because tensions with Japan are a defining element in South Korean nationalism, a sort of displacement therapy game, allowing them to vent their frustration at their national divisions and other ills which have almost nothing to do with Japan.”

It is as if Koreans might “sold” their country again unless they hate/accuse Japan constantly. They are afraid of Korea breaks apart itself because of their insecurity/inferior complex.

It is likely, however, that the clear differences between Seoul and Washington will emerge into the open and pose the greatest challenge to alliance management since the early years of the Bush administration. It is imperative that U.S. policymakers demonstrate a readiness to listen to South Korean concerns and policy ideas. They should not reject out of hand concepts of engagement, or even the idea of Seoul’s leadership of a process of negotiation with Pyongyang. The United States needs to place a priority on maintaining close policy coordination with its principal ally. In addition, Washington needs to put pressure on Japan to demonstrate patience with the new South Korean administration and avoid overreaction to the idea of reopening the “comfort women” agreement.

Alliance management requires understanding that allies have their own domestic politics. It is far from clear that the Trump administration understands what is coming, or is prepared to respond without widening the potential divide. But managing the U.S. alliance with South Korea is the foundation for dealing with the security threat posed by North Korea. That is equally true for Seoul.

“put pressure on Japan”?? Hey, Mr. Sneider, who the fuck you think you are.

Of course, South Korean newspaper loved this part saying “Daniel Sneider said the US should put pressure on Japan and Japan is the obstacle US-ROK corporation.” without showing the source link address. Mr. Sneider did not say that.

Man…. Korean media outlets are full of lies and distortion.

對北 한미 공조에서 일본 ‘교란요인’ 가능성 우려
조철환 입력 2017.05.15. 16:24 수정 2017.05.15. 21:08 댓글 5개

북한 핵ㆍ미사일 위기 속에서 일본이 한미 공조를 깨는 ‘교란요인’으로 작용하고 있다는 지적이 미국에서 제기되기 시작했다. 국내 정치적 입지 강화를 위해 아베 신조(安倍晋三) 일본 총리가 북한의 위협을 의도적으로 부풀리는가 하면, 지난 탄핵 정국 동안 한국 정상외교의 발이 묶인 상황에서 도널드 트럼프 미국 대통령과 맺은 교분을 이용해 위안부 협상 등 한일간 외교 현안에 대한 미국의 지지를 받아내려는 모습이 두드러졌기 때문이다.

14일(현지시간) 미국 언론에 따르면 일본 정부는 북한 탄도미사일 발사와 관련, 한국과 미국 정보당국의 판단과는 달리 미국 본토를 위협하는 대륙간탄도미사일(ICBM)일 수 있다는 주장에 힘을 실었다. 이나다 도모미(稻田朋美) 일본 방위장관은 기자들에게 ‘북한이 신형 미사일을 발사했을 가능성이 크다’는 등 북한이 선전 매체를 통해 ICBM 기술을 확보한 것처럼 주장한 바와 크게 다름없는 발언을 내놨다. 반면 미 정부 관리들은 폭스뉴스를 통해 ICBM 대신 중거리 미사일일 가능성이 크다고 분석했다. 미국 관리들은 “미국 태평양사령부와 전략사령부는 북한이 발사한 미사일을 새로운 장거리 미사일로 평가하지 않고 있다”고 설명했다. 일본 정부는 필요 이상으로 북한 미사일의 위력을 강조해 한반도 위기를 정치적으로 이용하려는 모습이다.

일본 정부는 과거사 문제와 위안부 협상에 대해서도 미국을 통해 한국을 압박하려는 움직임을 노골화하고 있다. 월스트리트저널(WSJ)과 같은 보수 성향 매체들은 대북 압박을 위한 한ㆍ미ㆍ일 3각공조 체제를 유지하기 위해서는 일본 측 주장대로 한국 정부가 위안부 합의를 준수하는 성의를 보여야 한다는 주장을 펴고 있다. 워싱턴 관계자는 “트럼프 정부 출범 이후 한일 과거사 문제에서 일본의 논리와 주장이 강해지고 있다”고 말했다.

상황이 이쯤 되자 오히려 미국 전문가들 사이에서는 일본이 한국을 자극하지 못하도록 미국 정부가 나서야 한다는 주장이 나오고 있다. 다니엘 스나이더 스탠퍼드대 아시아ㆍ태평양연구소 부소장은 “새로 출범한 한국 정부가 미국과의 동맹관계를 원만하게 유지하도록 유도하기 위해, 미국 정부는 일본이 한국에 대해 인내심을 갖는 한편 위안부 협상 재논의 가능성에 대해 과민 반응하지 않도록 압력을 가할 필요가 있다”고 지적했다.

워싱턴=조철환 특파원

Mr. Kelly is right about that.

there is too much exaggeration — such as routine suggestions in the media that Japan is remilitarizing with designs on Asia — and not enough recognition that modern Japan is a liberal democracy and a potential ally against the North.

South Korean media is nothing but a brainwashing propaganda-mill.

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