Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rolling out a welcome for Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are due to gather for their first summit in over a decade. 
Preparations have been gathering pace but should you give the leader of the nation on the other side of a hotly-disputed border a red carpet welcome?
This is the dilemma faced by South Korea as it prepares to host Mr Kim at this week's historic inter-Korean summit.

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Former South Korean Presidents Kim Dae-Jung and Roh Moo-hyun were each given such a reception when they travelled to North Korea in 2000 and 2007, respectively.
However, more than 1,000 people have signed a petition on the website of Cheong Wa Dae, South Korea's presidential office, opposing the honour guard treatment for Mr Kim.

The courtesy has also been debated on Naver, one of South Korea's largest websites (which also partly redacts users' names to protect their anonymity).
Bazi**** wrote: "It's not achieving peace at all because North Korea already completed the development of nuclear weapons. Do we have to review the honour guard because they did it for our president before? The difference is that we never killed anyone in the North by shooting missiles."
Leek**** continued: "Review the honour guard to the enemy state? Why don't we just get rid of our military then?"
It all comes down to money for Thak****, who says: "Our government just wants to give in to everything that North Korea wants, even though it has not given up the nuclear ambition. Moon is only obsessed with North Korea. Please stop wasting taxpayers' money by spending it on North Korea."