KIM WON IL, (Republic of Korea)
The DPRK's nuclear tests recorded in October 2006 by the international community, as well as the long-range missile launches carried out several months earlier, caused another round of tension in the so-called "nuclear crisis" on the Korean peninsula. It would seem that these tests were supposed to state the complete failure of the six-party talks with the participation of the DPRK, China, the Republic of Korea, Russia, the United States and Japan. The UN Security Council resolution, adopted at the initiative of the United States and supported for the first time by the PRC, required Pyongyang to completely destroy all nuclear weapons, and also provided for the introduction of an embargo on the supply of materials for the production of ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons to the DPRK and the import of heavy weapons. A united front was being formed around the recalcitrant regime, including Pyongyang's long-time allies such as China and Russia. However, just a few months after the escalation of the conflict, the DPRK and the United States tried to return to a bilateral dialogue, and in February 2007, the DPRK and the United States tried to return to a bilateral dialogue. at the resumed talks in the six-party format in Beijing, an agreement on turning the Korean peninsula into a nuclear-weapon-free zone was announced, which many once again perceived as an unconditional breakthrough.
The Beijing agreements have caused quite contradictory assessments: from the statement of the shameful failure of the policy of the George W. Bush administration towards the North Korean regime to statements about the unconditional success of international diplomacy in preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. One thing is certain: the North Korean state is now a de facto member of the nuclear club, and the absence in the aforementioned agreement of the thesis of non-recognition of the DPRK as a nuclear power is an indirect confirmation of this. In fac ... Read more