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North Korea

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year. 

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Prospect of North Korea's return to the negotiating table

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 June, 2013, 3:59am

1. The Korea Herald

Seoul's message is clear: the North should first demonstrate its commitment to denuclearisation through deeds, not words … Following the North Korean envoy's visit to China, expectations began to rise that the six-party talks (involving the two Koreas, China, the United States, Japan and Russia and aimed at ending the North's nuclear weapons programme) might restart. North Korea's state news agency made no mention of the talks when reporting its envoy's meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping . This raises questions about whether the North is really willing to join the dialogue. Under the circumstances, China should continue to put the squeeze on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons. (Seoul)

 

2. Global Times

In the past few months, North Korea took some actions that led to regional tensions. China responded responsibly. Pyongyang will come to understand that China's attitude is in accordance with North Korea's long-term interests. The positive change in Pyongyang's attitude should be encouraged by the international community … China has played an important role in bringing about this change in Pyongyang's attitude. Washington and Seoul should join China's efforts, and jointly promote the relaunch of the six-party talks … It won't be easy for Pyongyang to win trust from the outside. We hope Pyongyang can maintain its determination and join hands with China to go forward. (Beijing)

 

3. The Jakarta Post

Does North Korean leader Kim Jong-un realise that China, as his family's most loyal and generous ally for decades, is now getting impatient and fed up with him as Kim continues spreading terror with his nuclear threats? Unless he behaves himself, it will not take long before China tells him "enough is enough", which could mean the collapse of the dynasty. Beijing's message is clear … China will no longer be blindly supportive of the North because prolonged instability on the Korean Peninsula affects the geopolitical balance in East Asia. Continuing nuclear threats from the North will push the US to increase its military presence in the region to ensure the security of its two close allies, Japan and South Korea. ( Jakarta)

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