US Officials Are Literally Offended Because South Korea Doesn’t Want War with the North

(ANTIMEDIA) Korean Peninsula — On Thursday, The Korea Times reported that back in July, when President Moon Jae-in proposed that South Korea conduct talks with the North, the United States was offended. The revelation comes by way of comments from one of the South Korean leader’s envoys while he was speaking at a ceremony.

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“The U.S. was deeply disgruntled by Seoul’s offer for military talks,” said Moon Chung-in, special advisor for unification and national security affairs. “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lodged a complaint to Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in harsh tones.”

At the time, Moon-Jae in was an incoming president and tensions with North Korea weren’t nearly as strained as they are currently. From CNN on July 17:

“South Korea’s new government is making overtures to the North, proposing military talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two rivals.

“In an attempt to defuse rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s Defense Ministry has proposed talks between representatives of the two countries’ militaries on July 21 at Tongil-gak on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, the so-called truce village in the DMZ.”

On Thursday, the South Korean president, who was also at the ceremony, reiterated his position that communication between the two neighbors on the Korean Peninsula is the key to de-escalating the situation.

“Military dialogue should be resumed urgently to ease tensions between the two countries,” Moon said, according to The Korea Times.

On Friday, in its announcement of the president’s upcoming trip to Asia, the Trump administration said a top priority during his visit will be convincing leaders that the U.S. strategy against the regime of Kim Jong-un is the correct one. From the White House press release:

“The President’s engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The U.S. strategy, as anyone following the situation can attest, is sanctions. The United States believes the right amount of economic pressure will eventually force Kim to abandon his nuclear program.

Little commentary has been made by the mainstream media about how these economic strikes are affecting the average citizens of North Korea, but the New York Times touched on that aspect Friday. From the article:

“North Korea said on Friday that American-led international sanctions were causing ‘colossal’ damages in the impoverished country, but added that it would be foolish for Washington to think the sanctions would stop the country’s nuclear weapons programs.

“North Korean officials recently set up a committee to investigate the damages that the sanctions have caused on the country’s economy and the well-being of the population. The committee’s work was designed to draw international sympathy by highlighting the sufferings of North Korean children, women and elderly people, analysts said.”

The statement, issued by the Sanctions Damages Investigation Committee and published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, goes on to call the U.S.-led sanctions “a brutal criminal act that indiscriminately infringes upon the right to existence of the peaceful civilians.”

The committee further states the “colossal” amount of damage to people’s livelihoods is “beyond anyone’s calculation.”

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  • Once again, in an attempt to throw shade on anything and everything Trump-related, CNN misses the story here completely. I would hope we would all agree that a diplomatic solution is in everyone’s best interest. If diplomacy worked in de-escalating this situation, then possibly North and South Korea could use that as a template for further progress with peace talks and eventually entertain the notion of a future unified Korea once again.
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    Diplomacy is fine with South Koreans for the time being. It serves the purpose of not having to have a costly war with the North, and no military action needed would bolster an ever-growing consensus that the U.S. MIlitary has outstayed their welcome in South Korea. It is my understanding, that the majority of citizens living in the southern part of the peninsula would like nothing more, than more of the same, minus the U.S. military presence. In fact, most S. Koreans cringe at the thought of peace and unification and it is centered squarely on Nationalistic Economics. Populist Nationalist in S Korea is all too aware of the economic consequences involved with having to subsidize, house, feed, educate and provide medical health care to the twenty-five million people living above the 38th parallel. Most of which are unvaccinated against communicable diseases. With the exception of “political” studies and military training, most are uneducated, unskilled workers. Now that may appear to be unsympathetic to the soft-hearted folks of the world. But to the defense of S Koreans. They are struggling presently with a strained economy. This would without question make an already bad situation, economically worse, increasing the strain on available jobs and government resources. I agree with S. Koreans on each and every issue and if it were just a threat from a crazy dictator to his neighbors in the south, then we wouldn’t be having this discussion and we would leave these two neighbors to hash it out amongst themselves. The problem is, this crazy N Korean dictator is threatening an entire world and we shouldn’t stand idly by and allow those threats to materialize into actions. To the wonderful citizens of South Korea, being complacent to threats be they real or perceived, in hopes of continuing to live at a higher standard, is trading your freedom for gold and it is temporary at best, because without freedom you are enslaved, to be sure, slaves have no gold.