A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor says it's all about the eventual reunification on the Korean peninsula.
During his new year's address to the nation, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said he hasn't given up on nuclear weapons development but has perfected the arsenal enough to shift the focus of "socialist construction" elsewhere. Two-thirds of his speech was devoted to the economy, including a goal of boosting the standard of living of his nation and to grow the country's economy, with increased assistance from South Korea.
In fact, Kim's speech was broadcast simultaneously in South Korea. Addressing both nations at once, he called on all Koreans – in his decidedly North Korean manner – to "uphold the slogan 'Let's usher in a heyday of peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean Peninsula by thoroughly implementing the historic North-South declarations!'"
Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council. "No matter what your political affiliation is in South Korea, unification is something everybody wants," he tells OneNewsNow.
"But what's the basis of the unification?" he continues. "Is it going to be on the terms of Kim Jong Un? Or is it going to be on the terms of the more liberal South Koreans who really want to see one Korea emerge?"
The analyst says only time will tell. "There are indicators that the North Koreans have continued some of their bad programs – their ballistic missile programs, their nuclear programs," he notes. "And that may be for our demonstration to say that they're serious and we have to sweeten the pot."
Kim stated earlier this week that he's ready to meet with President Donald Trump again anytime to produce results that will be welcomed by the international community.