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Open debate on Korean Peninsula calls for reset of S. Korea's past N. Korea policy Updated: 2022-07-14 06:14:54 KST

Well against that backdrop the Yoon administration is seeking a fresh North Korea strategy.
AND in line with this initiative a number of political heavyweights gathered at forum here to address related matters.
Here's our Unification Ministry Correspondent HAN SEONG-WOO .

How must South Korea reset its North Korea policy?
That is the question the Korean Peninsula Future Forum put to distinguished panelists at its fourth open debate in Seoul on Wednesday
And the word "change" was a recurring theme.

"Now is the time to search for a way to change Kim Jong-un's oppressive regime to stand by the suppressed North Korean people and to ease their pain, even if it's just a little "

Host and former Second Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Chong-ghee opened by stressing that times have changed and that North Korea has effectively become a nuclear power.
He also brought up the shifting political climate in Asia characterized by heightening tensions between the United States and China each eager to establish their authority in the region and said that South Korea can no longer sit on the fence between the two countries.

One of the most high-profile debaters in attendance was People Power Party lawmaker Thae Yong-ho, who prior to defecting in 2016 served as North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Thae voiced the need to offer the regime virus relief preemptively by negotiating with the U.S. to ease sanctions imposed on the regime.

"North Korea lacks infrastructure to carry out inoculations so one thing South Korea could do is provide the regime with cold chain systems or fuel for electricity"

A KPFF researcher, meanwhile, emphasized the need for North Koreans to have access to more and more information on the outside world through media so they can change their own fate for the better.

"It's only been two months since South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol took office but North Korea has already given his administration a long list of concerns from remaining unresponsive to offers of COVID-19 aid to its ballistic missile launches and even the looming threat of another nuclear test making North Korea policy one of if not, the most important item on his administration's five-year agenda. Han Seong-woo, Arirang News."
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