the USA is hell-bent on preventing that peaceful outcome. The reason being, the USA's lucrative war business which includes the stationing of thousands of US troops in South Korea and the offloading of billions of dollars worth of weapons on an unwilling South Korea held hostage by the mafia bully. Guess what will happen to South Korea if they as much as beg, even on bended knees, that the US troops on their soil, be reduced by even a few hundred.
The only reason USA remains afloat today is due to wars which bring death and destruction in every corner of Planet Earth.
Tim Shorrock and Seth Ackerman at GlobalResearch
South Korea’s Sunshine Policy:
80 Percent of South Koreans Support Peace and North-South Engagement
For South Koreans, the biggest threat to peace isn't North Korea but the United States.
With Donald Trump scheduled to address the South Korean parliament today, Jacobin’s Seth Ackerman spoke to Tim Shorrock, a veteran journalist who’s covered the Koreas for decades.
Shorrock describes how a vibrant South Korean left with roots in the labor and democracy movements of the 1980s is coping with the latest security threat in the White House. Despite a conservative military establishment with deep ties to the US security state, South Koreans are seeking dialogue with the North.
Seth Ackerman: Everyone focuses on Trump’s bluster on North Korea, but less attention is paid to how things are seen south of the demilitarized zone. What’s the mood in South Korea these days?
Tim Shorrock: According to one poll, 80 percent of South Koreans support South-North engagement: direct negotiations, talks on military issues, and family visitations. There’s enormous support for the kinds of cultural and economic exchanges that existed during the years of the “sunshine policy” of 1998 to 2008. They want peace with North Korea. That was the platform that Moon Jae-in, the current president, was elected on this spring.
South Koreans are more afraid of what Trump might do than what Kim Jong-un will do. They’re worried about a war between the US and North Korea that would spill over into South Korea.
For example, there were reports over the summer that Trump was considering a unilateral preemptive strike to take out two or three dozen missile sites in North Korea. That was very alarming to Moon Jae-in’s government.
The night that story came out, Moon’s national security advisor asked for a meeting with H. R. McMaster, his counterpart in the White House. They put out a statement the next day that the US will not act unilaterally and will consult closely with South Korea on any action. That was a sign of how much concern there is within the South Korean government.
A similar pledge was made just before Trump arrived in Seoul for his state visit.
SA: What’s Moon’s background?
TS: Moon was an activist who came out of the progressive democratic movement — a labor lawyer in Busan who was arrested at least twice during the period of military dictatorship. His political roots are in the democratic and opposition movement from the period before democratization..........