Korean Endgame: A Strategy for Reunification and U.S. by Selig S. Harrison

By Selig S. Harrison

Approximately part a century after the scuffling with stopped, the 1953 Armistice has but to get replaced with a peace treaty officially finishing the Korean warfare. whereas Russia and China withdrew the final in their forces in 1958, the U.S. continues 37,000 troops in South Korea and is pledged to shield it with nuclear guns. In Korean Endgame, Selig Harrison mounts the 1st authoritative problem to this long-standing U.S. coverage. Harrison exhibits why North Korea isn't - as many policymakers count on - approximately to break down. And he explains why latest U.S. regulations abate North-South reconciliation and reunification. Assessing North Korean features and the motivations that experience ended in its ahead deployments, he spells out the hands keep an eye on concessions through North Korea, South Korea, and the USA essential to ease the risks of disagreement, centering on reciprocal U.S. strength redeployments and U.S. withdrawals in go back for North Korean pullbacks from the thirty-eighth parallel. equally, he proposes particular trade-offs to prevent the North's improvement of nuclear guns and missile supply structures, calling for the withdrawal of the U.S. nuclear umbrella along side agreements to denuclearize Korea embracing China, Russia, and Japan. The long term objective of U.S. coverage, he argues, can be the complete disengagement of U.S. wrestle forces from Korea as a part of nearby agreements insulating the peninsula from all overseas traditional and nuclear forces. A veteran journalist with many years of in depth firsthand wisdom of North Korea and long-standing contacts with leaders in Washington, Seoul, and Pyongyang, Harrison is completely put to make those arguments. all through, he helps his research with revealing money owed of conversations with North Korean, South Korean, and U.S. leaders over thirty-five years. Combining probing scholarship with a pro reporter's on-the-ground adventure and insights, he has given us the definitive publication on U.S. coverage in Korea - earlier, current, and destiny.

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His major claim to popular acceptance when he emerged as the leader of the new, Soviet-sponsored regime was his cloudy identification in the minds of some older Koreans with the legend of a turn-of-the-century folk hero named Kim Il Sung. Many a young revolutionary had adopted the pseudonym of this vaguely remembered, possibly imaginary Korean Robin Hood, and this appears to have been the case with Kim, whose original name was Kim Song Ju. “Permanent Siege Mentality” • 13 Those who had heard of a Kim Il Sung and who turned out to receive him at a public rally in Pyongyang on October 14, 1945, expected to see a gray-haired old patriot of Rhee’s generation.

Born in 1942, Kim Jong Il grew up after the anti-Japanese guerrilla struggles were over. To give him nationalist luster, the legend built up around him holds that his birthplace was a secret guerrilla camp on Mount Paekdu, inside Korea, a sacred peak revered by all Koreans as the site of the founding of the nation some five thousand years ago by the mythical King Tangun. But this is not taken seriously by North Koreans, in contrast to the widespread acceptance of Kim Il Sung’s nationalist credentials.

To the United States, the fact that the armistice has not been replaced with a permanent peace settlement is a mere technicality. But to North Korea, the unresolved stalemate with Washington over the terms of a “Permanent Siege Mentality” • 11 settlement reflects an American-Japanese plot to stall for time while promoting the collapse of the North and its absorption by the South. S. S. “flunky,” supinely permits Japanese inroads into the peninsula for the sake of short-term economic gain. This theme finds powerful support in a historical catechism that all Koreans share.

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