Prime Talk: Dr. Lee Tae-hwan, Senior Researcher at the Sejong Institute 대담: 이태환 박사님, 세종연구소

Prime Talk: Dr. Lee Tae-hwan, Senior Researcher at the Sejong Institute 대담: 이태환 박사님, 세종연구소


The festivities around North Korea’s most
important holiday does seem to raise some eyebrows as tense uncertainty remains on the
Korean peninsula. Dr. Lee Tae-hwan , Senior Researcher at the
Sejong Institute in Seoul joins us now to answer some questions. Dr. Lee, welcome to the program. Good to be here. When compared with past anniversary events,
what significance do you see from this year’s celebration of Kim Il-sung’s birthday? What
stood out this year? The celebrations in North Korea came shortly after U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry’s visits to South Korea where he offered direct talks with the rogue state. The North seems to want direct talks with the U.S. and not Seoul. Should we fight
for a place at the table or let Washington take the lead? North Korea rejected Seoul’s porposal for
talks as a cunning ploy and yet left open the possibility of dialogue in the future
saying it depends largely on what
Seoul will do. What is it that Pyongyang wants? and what
do you think will be North Korea’s next move? President Park Geun-hye wants inter-Korean
talks aimed at normalizing the joint industrial complex at Gaeseong. But the Gaeseong remains shut. We’ve put the ball in their court. What will it take
for the complex to reopen?

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