The preparation for a special ASEAN summit slated to open in Pusan, south Korea on November 25 is reportedly pushed forward in its final stage.
On November 5, south Korean President Moon Jae In politely sent to us a personal letter earnestly inviting the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to be present in the special summit.
There is no reason for us not to be grateful for it, if the personal letter contained the sincere trust in the SAC Chairman and invitation carrying earnest expectation.
We know that the south side is looking forward to the visit by the SAC Chairman, with full preparations of the highest level, including escort and ceremonies regarding his visit to Pusan.
We also fully understand the distress and agony of President Moon Jae In to hold on to the opportunity to make it a new occasion for unraveling the present north-south relations.
This can be known from the fact that, in the wake of the personal letter, there were several earnest requests for sending even a special envoy, if the SAC Chairman could not come.
But the beclouded air of south Korea is so skeptical about the north-south relations, and the south Korean authorities are still not away from the misguided stand of settling all the issues arising in the relations between the north and the south in reliance on outsiders, not on national cooperation. This is a stark reality today.
Even at this moment, the minister of “Unification” is on his way to the US over the issue of north-south relations. How can we sit face to face and solve things with such a partner entrusting everything to the outsider without any independence and self-standing attitude.
It is said that earnest request can be read even by a blind man.
Everything needs its suitable time and place.
We cannot but think whether the present moment is a suitable time for the top leaders of the north and the south to meet.
From the reports being aired in the world, we know well enough that the sentiment pervading the land of the south is not clean.
The south Korean conservative forces have become zealous in their censure and attack on the DPRK, calling for the “scrapping of the north-south agreement”, not content with slandering the present south Korean regime as “pro-north regime” and “left-wing regime”.
Even such reckless remarks as a “regime change in the north” and “leading the north to collapse” which could not be heard even in the previous regimes are being heard.
It is doubtful that the meeting between the north and the south will be meaningful at this time.
The south Korean authorities fall short of taking any measures even though the warm breeze of reconciliation and cooperation that made a rare visit is being brought to naught. If they think they can easily turn around the present serious situation with just a piece of letter, they would be seriously mistaken. This is our thought.
We cannot but ask the south side what sort of north-south relations it wants to show to foreigners after inviting them who have no interest in the destiny and future of the Korean nation at a moment when repeated visits with the feelings of repentance of its wrongdoings should be paid by it.
We will never follow without reason the impure attempt of the south side to give an impression that dialogue is going on between the top leaders of the north and the south although no settlement of the fundamental issues between the north and the south, the issues pertaining to the nation, is being made, and to insert the issue of north-south relations to the corner of the “neo-southern policy” masterminded by it.
How can the handshaking and photo-taking in the complicated international meeting of no great interest to us be compared with the historic moment when the top leaders of the north and the south held their joined hands high up on Mt Paektu, the sacred mountain of the nation.
As nothing has been achieved in implementing the agreements made in Panmunjom, Pyongyang and Mt Paektu, the north-south summit for the mere form’s sake would be pointless. This is our stand.
It is too late to lament over the present crisis facing the north-south relations after clearly understanding its reason. At this moment, not content with sustaining losses from dependence on the US, the south side made an offer for discussing the north-south relations in the theatre for multi-lateral cooperation. This makes us only dubious.
If children mulled over piling up eggs on a horn, it can be ascribable to their innocence. But, now that those taking the helm of south Korea set themselves to meditating on how to draw a picture on water, far from pondering over their wrong deeds and failures, how can the north-south relations be improved and when will the flower of reconciliation and cooperation bloom again?
Explicitly speaking again, it is important to choose time and place properly, if everything is to be done well. Therefore, it can be said for sure that a good result cannot be produced even though a number of meetings would be held with those who have no idea of such a reason.
Under these circumstances, there would be no option for us but to see with patience when an independent decision would begin to develop and grow from such barren mentality.
We are grateful for the expectation and sincerity of the south side but we hope it would understand the reason that we failed to find out the proper reason for the SAC Chairman to visit Pusan.