A rayof hope in the Korean peninsula
——Any positive development in any part of theworld should be appreciated and supported
Prof Zamir Ahmed Awan
North Korea’s announcement that it is halting nuclear and missile tests hasreceived a broad international welcome.
This has given us another hope for peace inKorean Peninsula as the matter had been aconcern for the region since 1950s.
The joint military exercises betweenSouth Koreaand US troops were a permanentconcern forNorth Korea.Installations of THAAD and other hi-tech weapons has aggravated the situationfurther. Due to such immense threat,North Koreawas left with no otheroptions, except to develop weapons of deterrence — missiles and nuclearweapons. In spite of many threats and warnings from UN,US, South Korea &International community,North Koreakept on developing such weapons andsuccessfully tested them. The situation was further escalated due to exchangeof harsh words between President Trump and President Kim during the lastcouples of months. The two presidents, keeping all the diplomatic norms, wereusing uncivilised language for each other.
North Koreahas achieved its targets and its capabilities have beenacknowledged
The situation was leading towards a bigdisaster not only forNorth Korea, but for whole region. President Trumpthreatened to attackNorth Koreaand President Kim warned to retaliatewith its mighty Ballistic Missiles and Nuclear Weapons. Even that in Westernmedia there were speculations ofUSattack onNorth Koreain spring 2018. Suddenly a ‘Ray of Hope’ appeared with a news of expected Summit between PresidentTrump and President Kim in May-June 2018.
North Koreahas achieved its targets and its capabilities have beenacknowledged.North Koreamay not need to pursue them further. On the other hand, during the course ofdevelopment of such weapons, all national resources were dedicated on it andeconomic development was compromised. As a result, North Korea suffered a lotin respect of Economic development, shortage of food, lack of health-care &education, as well as wide spread poverty was witnessed.
North Koreawas a very close ally ofChina. During the last month visitof President Kim toChinaand wide range discussions with Chinese leadership, he may have influenced him.He might have been impressed by him. He might focus on North Korean EconomicDevelopment and on the welfare of common man inNorth Koreain the near future. Hemight fight against poverty in his country. On the other hand, meeting with USPresident may prove to be a big achievement for him, which his father,grandfather, elder generation could not achieve.
Any positive development in any part ofworld should be appreciated and supported. The world is in need of ‘peace,stability and development’. Whenever and wherever, there is any opportunity ofpeace and development, we must grab it and make this world safe and prosper.
The writer is associated with NationalUniversity of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad
Published in Daily Times, May 1st 2018.