Russia Proposes A Realistic Strategy For Overcoming The Nuclear Crisis Of The DPRK
The road map, proposed by Russia and supported by China to solve the nuclear problem of the Korean peninsula is the most realistic option for overcoming the current crisis. This opinion was expressed in an interview with the TASS correspondent by the Republic of Korea president's Special Adviser for unification, diplomacy and national security affairs Moon Chung-in.
"This proposal - the freezing of tests in exchange for reducing the scale of military drills - is the most realistic." It is very difficult to begin a dialogue with the North on the precondition of its denuclearization, because it practically leaves no chance that Pyongyang will come to negotiating table, "the expert said.
"The Russian proposal is innovative and quite working, the only question is whether North Korea and the US will agree with it," he added.
The expert suggested that the main stakeholders could go on suspension voluntarily. "If South Korea and the United States voluntarily suspended and postponed joint military exercises early next year, and the North would refuse annual winter maneuvers and observe a moratorium on nuclear missile activities, this would create a good background for dialogue and negotiations," Moon Chung-in stressed.
However, today, the United States, South Korea and the DPRK are in a position of "strategic distrust" to each other, according to Moon Chung-in. Voluntary refusal of maneuvers and tests could help to overcome this problem and lead to a substantive dialogue, the presidential adviser said.
Earlier, Russia jointly with the PRC put forward an initiative that includes a "road map" to resolve the nuclear-missile crisis on the Korean peninsula. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov in Seoul spoke about the details of the plan, which includes the suspension of the DPRK's nuclear and missile activities in exchange for reducing the scale of military exercises in South Korea and the United States. Then the plan calls for a bilateral dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, and then a full-scale dialogue with the participation of all interested parties.