Peace is essential, but change must mean the end of the North Korean police state


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The Henry Jackson Society commented on the North-South Korean summit that began this morning in the demilitarised zone between the two countries.

Dr John Hemmings, Director of the Asia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, said:

“The historic event that took place this morning was unique in the history of North-South relations.

“The UK should stand by its South Korean ally to celebrate this moment, while at the same time recognise the challenges that lay ahead. The primary impasse will be the signing of a peace treaty. Once this is accomplished, we will move on to the denuclearisation of North Korea alongside some sort of economic package to welcome them back into the global market.

“Cautious engagement should be the watchword and we must see real progress on human rights. Peace is essential, but it must be linked to the dismantling of the secret police state that defines the regime.”


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