It has been a month since the Moon Jae-in administration started. As the start of the new administration, there has been a lot of efforts trying to establish intense reformations. The efforts are focused on actualizing the election pledges based on the reality. It will be possible to predict the change over the Korean Peninsula through the Moon administration’s reunification pledges.
The main pledge is to remove the danger of war over the Korean Peninsula by solving the denuclearization problem of North Korea. First, the new administration is trying to stop further development of North Korea’s nuclear research. Then they will approach the matter comprehensively by stages. In the process, they will use every means such as sanctions and conversations. Furthermore, at the final stage of solving North Korean nuclear issue, they will try to conclude the “Korean Peace Treaty.”
The next pledge is to provide new growth power for our economy by carrying out the “New Korean Peninsula Economic Map.” Concretely, it calls for establishing the energy-resource belt on the East Sea coastal area, constructing the industry distribution transportation belt on the West Sea coastal area, and creating the East Sea-DMZ tourism belt for a long-term business. If the plan is realized, the Korean Peninsula will be provided with a new way for economic growth. In addition, the current administration is trying to vitalize the social, cultural, and athletic interaction between South and North Korea and develop the border line area. The clue in the restart of South and North Korea’s athletic interchange lies in the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Another pledge is unifying the market of South and North Korea and carrying forward the reunification of the Korean Peninsula gradually. The new administration is planning to unify the economy and the economic cooperation of the South and North by facilitating the spread of market in North Korea. The economic unification of the South and North using the market seems to minimize the cost, establishing as the cornerstone of reunification.
Lastly, the Moon administration is trying to come up with a new agreement that suits the constantly changing international situation and the North-South relations while respecting the previous agreements such as the July 4th North-South Joint Statement, Inter-Korean Basic Agreement, June 15th North-South Joint Declaration, and October 4th North-South Declaration. The administration is trying to arrange a new paradigm between the South and North by concluding so called “North-South Basic Agreement,” earn international support, and spread sympathy towards reunification. Plus, improving the human rights of North Korea and solving the issues related to the dispersed families, Korean POW, and people kidnapped to North Korea are the new administration’s tasks.
The current administration will show more active walking in terms of reunification. It is the administration which received big support of the nation. If the Moon administration fulfills its pledges in drastic and leading way, the peaceful future of the Korean Peninsula will not be so far. I expect the administration to coexist with North Korea and achieve denuclearization of North Korea on the peninsula.
Kim Yong-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org
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