Unexpectedly North Korea suddenly proposed talks with South Korea. In the light of recent situation it is hard to expect. They have taken hardline stance with angry rhetorics and threats toward South Korea and rejected talks proposals all the time. By the way, why did they change their attitude?
There are some points. Firstly, North Korea bent the knee to the pressure of China. China has called several times for North Korean regime to stop provacative behaviors and restart talks with South Korea. China, which could not be on the side of North Korea any more after UN sanctions on it because of the third nuke test and rocket(long range missile) launching, even showed its teeth to North korea to turn off the faucet of oil pipe which is the only source of oil supply. It is speculated that a strong warning was given to North Korea when Choi Yonghae, who is very high and key official of NK, visited China.
Secondly, Kim Jongun could’nt afford to endure the severe starvation. They are now on the verge of financial bankrupt and food shortage. A month ago North Korea stopped Kaesong Industrial Complex which is the dollar-cow for a reason of fight for self-pride between South Korea and North Korea.
There is another view point that President Park Guen-hye’s consistent talks policy on the basis of Korean Peninsula Trust Process eventually obtains effect. Korean Peninsula Trust Process is, that is to say, to build trust step by step in the process of exchanges and cooperations between two Koreas while doing easier one.
At any rate, the fact that North Korea changed its mind and first proposed talks with South Korea is a very good sign. it’s very wellcomming. But the sincere attitude that North Korea should take responsibility for stopping Kaesong Industrial Complex and is the most important thing. In the case of Kumgang Mt. sightseeing, a North Korean guard shot a South Korea woman tourist to death and they didn’t offer any apology. furthermore, North Korea unilaterally shut down of Kaesong Complex by the means of theratening South Korea. It drove forcibly South Korea employers and staff out of North Korea. It caused a great damage on them.
If North Korea wants to succeed in bearing some fruits, it should offer an apology for that first. Additionally it should make clear that it will never go back to the past. Please not a fake smile any more. I hope good luck.