world watched closely the second meeting in Hanoi,
Vietnam, between the two
leaders of the United States
and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). No agreement was reached.
People in many countries, including Republic of Korea, got disappointed with
the result as they had expected good outcomes, but, exceptionally, Prime
Minister Abe Shinzo alone ‘completely supported the decision of President Trump’.
POINT IS HOW TO EVALUATE RESULTS
is said on the front page of this newspaper, the sole reason why the two
political leaders could not reach an agreement lies in apparent discrepancy on ‘lifting
sanctions’. That was a perplexing consequence.
Abe will be laughed at again
Trump walked away: if he weighed lifting of all sanctions against
decommissioning nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, his action might be meaningful
as he made a deal. Chairman Kim Jong Un demanded, however, partial relief of
the UN sanctions, limiting to those on the private sector economy and on people’s
life. Thus, responsibility for unfruitful reunion should be owed by President
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo expressed hastily his total support of the US president, relying
exclusively on the US-version report, as usual, the premier will be ridiculed
claim was perverse, if politics was not regarded as a tool of ‘a deal’ but was
discussed sincerely. The number of nuclear warheads that DPRK possesses is just
one several hundredth of those owned by the US. For these months DPRK has refrained
from nuclear tests and has destroyed nuclear facilities as a sign of
concession, while the US has
just sized down the military maneuvers around the Korean Peninsula.
missile power keeps setting its sight on DPRK. The US
would not listen to a comment of Russian President Putin, who told ‘people in
DPRK will develop nuclear potential even if they are obliged to eat grass,
unless the US
lifts the sanctions’. Furthermore, the US
gives a tacit consent to nuclear capabilities of India
which are now in de facto state of war. Both of the two are nuclear powers and
the world worries about a real war.
Abe government, while pressing DPRK to demolish nuclear-related facilities, is keen
to sell nuclear plants to India.
The Japanese administration is, in addition, zealous to build a new military
base at Henoko, Okinawa, which will be the biggest in the northeastern region
of Asia. It employs a double-standard. To
remove this kind of attitude is necessary to bring peace sooner in the Korean Peninsula,
following the US-DPRK negotiation.
media pay attention to how Premier behaves
media in Japan
keep reading carefully how the premier acts. They praise him, saying that Mr.
Trump did not make an easy compromise. Meanwhile, they take too lightly
President Moon Jae-in of Republic of Korea (ROK), saying that he had miscalculated
what would happen. Reporters do not pay attention to peace in the East Asia region. They do not feel responsibility of Japan at all for its colonial rule on Korea and
division of the nation. Mass media just read the government’s behaviors.
contrast, President Moon Jae-in was excellent. In the 25-minute telephone talk
with President Trump immediately after the Hanoi summit the ROK president
straightly told his counterpart to expect a wise decision in order to end the
last cold war remaining in the Korean Peninsula. President Trump replied, asking
the ROK leader to play an active role together with Chairman Kim Jong Un.
the same time a telephone conversation was made between President Trump and
Premier Abe. It lasted ten minutes, which reveals a difference of capacity.
Moon delivered a speech at the occasion of the 100th Year of the
March 1 Independence Movement, appreciating the realization of the second
summit meeting and presenting a new system in the Korean Peninsula.
This posture indicates us a possible third meeting of the USA and DPRK.