North Korean leader Kim Jong un called for an urgent meeting with South Korea to make the Winter Olympics next month, a success and offering an olive branch saying that they are open to dialogues with Seoul.
A year filled with fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme seems to be diluting up to some extent with the beginning of a new year. To everyone’s surprise, Kim Jong un declared in a television speech that “North Korea is a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power. Not just that, he also called for lower military tensions and improved ties with none but South Korea, an American ally. He said, “It’s about time that the North and the South sit down and seriously discuss how to improve inter-Korean relations by ourselves and dramatically open up. When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment. Both the North and the South should make efforts.”
Kim also said that the they are considering to send delegations to Winter Olympics Games that is to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month. While this may seem unbelievable, but Kim Jong un called for an urgent meeting with South Korea to make the Winter Olympics games a success. It is true that North Korea’s participation in the Olympics games can turn out to be a catalyst for peace in the Korean peninsula, and it will also help North Korea in developing an image of national pride and interest in anything but nukes.
On this improvement of inter-Korean relations, South Korea said it welcomed Kim’s offer to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games and hold talks with the South to discuss possible participation. But Kim’s apparent olive branch risks creating tensions in the US-South Korea alliance because South Korea too was participating in the international sanctions campaign against DPRK. North Korea also views its participation in the games as a way to help the South Korean government, but in return, it may ask South Korea to lift its economic sanctions, resume economic cooperation and provide humanitarian aid.