North Korea – Leader Kim Jong IL Legacy and Peace Prospects

December 19, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Sincere condolences to North Korea mourning leader Kim Jong Il demise.

North Korea isolation attributed to concentrated power in the political system maintaining communist framework is a major hindrance to economic development and regional stability.

The political apparatus discreet policies and covert operations created mistrust providing unnecessary opportunity for alienation and military confrontation.

North Korea under Kim Jong Il leadership suffered extreme hardships from severe economic sanctions and constant tension in the Korean Peninsula enabling nuclear capability, arms race and permanent U.S. military base in South Korea and Japan.

However, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2010 extended olive branch requesting peaceful negotiations with United States for renewed bilateral and multilateral relations including nuclear disarmament.

Unfortunately, Washington slighted North Korean overture denying peace and diplomacy a chance under set guidelines to treat political rivals as such ‘axis of evil’ promoting provocative military exercise and weapons supply to the beleaguered states regardless of conventional and contemporary political status.

U.S military drills on Yellow Sea assisting South Korea for potential conflict with anticipated response from North Korea via missiles has been a routine activity,

Not to mention the angst amongst neighbors China and Japan over counterproductive exchange between U.S, and North Korea exacerbating peace talks and crisis resolution.

North Korea post Kim Jong Il governance is at the crossroads to either continue on the path of economic stagnancy caused by political repression that has forced millions into starvation and despair or disavow detrimental ideology for republic governed democracy perhaps leading towards reunification with South Korea.

The reunion could begin with resuming peaceful dialogue, trade partnerships, educational and cultural ties, transportation facility allowing families split across the border to unite on humanitarian grounds and above all sharing individual strengths and adeptness in the respective domains.

Militarily formidable North Korea merging with economically vibrant South Korea would eliminate persistent turmoil and dependency on foreign power for national security.

North Korean human capital and South Korean financial power together could be prospective for Korean citizens under unified Korea.

South Korea investments hosting U.S. military base could be divested to economic, education, advanced research and technology.

In the interim, North Korea under successor Kim Jong Un subjected to speculations on political fragility could allay national and international concerns through transparency in governance revealing the central authority.

Furthermore candid presentation of domestic and foreign policies in due course would ease apprehension and dispel any misconceptions about young leadership preparedness albeit under core political group oversight.

Military power confined to national defense rather than political interference would refine government functionality besides honoring national sovereignty.

Similarly other special interests intrusion in politics for personal ambitions could jeopardize national safety and sanctity.

The dawn of new beginning is historic and North Korea could transform present legacy of secrecy and reclusive policy into open society with power distributed among mainstream population and not within family ending dynasty in the twenty first century.

North Korean people have long endured political oppression and economic depression until now.

It is time to welcome the imminent change for a bright and promising future that remains with inevitable united Korea.

Good Luck and Best Wishes! To the people of North and South Korea for eternal peace and harmony that would guarantee continuous prosperity.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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