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'Regime' security is up to people

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By Park Jung-won

The Moon Jae-in administration has been trying to garner cooperation from the international community in implementing its inter-Korean peace initiatives, yet so far the community does not appear to have shown much interest or support. This failure is largely attributable to the administration's flawed inter-Korean relations policy, which is devoid of any persuasive basis in international law.

The administration has engaged in wishful thinking by expecting the international community to understand inter-Korean relations in terms of special circumstances, that is, of a single nation merely divided into two distinct states on the Korean Peninsula. From an international-law perspective, however, the existence of two separate Korean states cannot be ignored.

In particular, the Moon administration has emphasized providing "regime security guarantee" in return for North Korea's denuclearization. This phrase "North Korean regime security guarantee (assurance)" has been used frequently by President Moon and other high-ranking officials. For instance, in an interview with CNN in Sept. 2017, Moon said, "I think that North Korea's nuclear development is to ensure the security of the North Korean regime."

As for the United States, in August of 2017, then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, "We do not seek regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime," referring directly to the North's "regime." The Singapore Joint Statement between the U.S. and North Korea in June 2018 contained the following expressions: "President........

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