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[Interview] Questions & Answers With Kim Myong Chol

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

by Kim Myong Chol,
Executive Director of the Center for Korean-AmericanPeace



ROH: When do you think we can realize our unification?

KMC: In my personal view, in a matter of three to five years the Korean people will have an emotion-charged national reunion. The American factor, the most serious stumbling block in the way of Korean reunification, the internal affairs of the Korean people, is certain to be neutralized and phased out in a matter of three years.
In the following two years South Korea will be democratized in the true sense of the word. In the same period Pyongyang and Seoul will reach agreement on implementation of the 1991 agreement on reconciliation, non aggression, exchange and cooperation. The North Koreans and the South Koreans will have little difficulty establishing a federal government. Many may be ready to take issue with my forecast. Take time and think twice. Most, including the American government, thought that the North Korean government would collapse in a few years, but I disagreed. I said the Kim Jong Il government would easily survive the crisis and drive the Americans into the defensive. I also predicted that Kim Jong Il would maneuver the Americans into one concession after another because time is on his side. Their opinion proved mere wishful thinking without any foundation. My view has been totally substantiated in the ensuingdevelopments.
In short, if my forecast is founded, Korean reunification will come in less than five years, unless the earth explodes in a nuclearconflagration. Regardless of whether either a Democratic or a Republic candidate may be returned to the White House this fall, the Americans cannot stem the powerful movement to reunification.
The watershed event will come before 2003, the deadline for completion of the lightwater reactor project. The Americans are left only three years to go before 2003.
The Americans will have no other option than to sign a peace treaty, give diplomatic nod, remove the DPRK from the list of those countries that allegedly sponsor terrorism.
The phased withdrawal of the American forces from South Korea will be arranged with the Americans committing themselves not to poke their nose into the internal affairs of Korea. The Americans will probably leave South Korea in favor of Japan.
Then the National Security Law and the ROK will be deprived of their raison detre. Those who have been detained and imprisoned will be set free and regroup themselves into a powerful political force to seize the reins of government in a peaceful way.
Most of the South Korean armed forces will take the side of those forces favoring North-South Korean reunification and totally isolate the remnants of the anti-reunification forces.

ROH: What do you think overseas Koreans and especially Koreans in the USA should do to carry out our unification as soon as possible?

KMC: They can do two simple things. The first thing is an internet publicity blitz aimed at the world and American audience. You can do your bits from where you are now by way of the internet while you have some spare time to divert from your main line of business.
The information blitz should inform the world and American audience that the American administration, whether Republican or Democratic, will have to disengage from South Korea within three years, leaving the Korean affairs to the Korean people. No other course of action is highly likely. Stress the senselessness of any attempt to stand in the way of the process or throw cold water on it. Stress the wisdom of climbing the bandwagon. The internet will readily lead you to reach members of Congress, the executive branch, mass media such as radio and TV stations and newspapers, armed forces, and the academic world.
Such a campaign will go a long way toward isolating the potential foes of the reunification of Korea and reducing their possible resistance. It will produce positive results back in South Korea, too.
The second thing is to support the reunification forces in South Korea in your own way, help them expand enough to be ready to take over in a democratic and peaceful manner.


ROH: What will happen if a Republican candidate is elected next US President or if a Democratic candidate wins?

KMC: Whether a Republican or Democratic candidate is returned to the White House does not make any difference. They are not allowed to throw away the Geneva agreement.
Suppose a Republican candidate wins, it will accelerate the process contrary to most analyses. The Republican Congress will make an obvious aboutface in support of the American-North Korean rapprochement. This is an American diplomatic jinx. The Democrats start war and the Republicansends it.
Remember the Bush Administration period. The Bush government refrained from taking any hard line against North Korea and held a high-level talk in New York between Arnold Kantor and Kim Yong Sun. The Clinton government suspended the ongoing rapprochement between Pyongyang andWashington.
As a matter of fact, foreign policy is traditionally a bipartisanaffair.

ROH: What do you think constitutes the biggest obstacle to our unification? What do you think how we Koreans can alleviate theproblems?

KMC: There are two biggest obstacles to be removed before the Korean people achieve reunification and reconciliation. The first is the American factor, which is twofold in nature: physical and mental.
The physical obstacle is the American military presence in South Korea, including the American control of the South Korean armed forces. The mental thing is pro-American flunkeyism in Korean jargon or the inferiority complex to the Americans.
The Koreans in America and South Korea must get rid of these American obstacles. Of course, the North Korean government of Kim Jong Il will neutralize and phase out them. The Koreans abroad and in South Korea should join the drive to rein back the American factor and remember that they are members of the proud Korean nation.
To this end it is essential to take a due pride in the Korean cultural identity and learn lots from the proud history of gallant resistance to the foreign invaders.
Secondly, it is of primary importance to increase public pressure to have the National Security Law abrogated as anti-democratic, anti-reunification, a mere carbon copy of the prewar Japanese law on maintenance of public law, and to press for the dissolution of the National Intelligence Service (former KCIA), the South Korean version of the prewar Japanese secret ideological police.
South Korea can never called democratic with these twin brothers leftintact.
In the present-day South Korea striking a business deal with North Korea is legal, while making a trip to Pyongyang for reunification purposes is a crime carrying a maxim death penalty. This state of affairs must be terminated as soon as possible.
It should be recalled that the so-called ROK government has been doomed since its establishment because it is nothing less than an offspring of the Japanese and American rulers. It is by no means a Korean government for all its Korean trappings. They are KATUSA, the Korean augmentation to the U.S. Army. They are a pack of traitors to the nation, fat and clad in silk. Sooner or later they will be brought before the Korean court of justice on charges of high treason, unless they show some repentance and remorse.

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