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    Korean Passing? Why Seoul's Role in N. Korea Crisis Resolution Scrapped

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    With Russia, the United States, China and Japan continuing to find ways to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, another international player seems to be remaining in the shadow of the process.

    In an article published by the South China Morning Post, political commentator David Josef Volodzko referred to the so-called Korean passing, which he said denotes the way "major players have ignored, undermined or openly opposed South Korea when it comes to handling the North Korea crisis."

    Volodzko suggested that the Korean passing will show no signs of abating in the immediate future due to the strengthening of the positions of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    According to Volodzko, the two's agendas "contravene what [South Korean President] Moon Chung-in is trying to accomplish."

    "Part of the reason for this is that South Korea has proven itself incompetent when it comes to talking the North down from military provocations," he said.

    Another reason for Korean passing, he added, is the fact that Moon and Donald Trump are at odds over the North Korea crisis, which the US President believes may be resolved by "fire and fury like the world has never seen" rather than a diplomatic sit-down.

    In this regard, Volodzko recalled that Trump recently described the South Korean President's approach to Pyongyang as "appeasement."

    The political analyst also quoted Sohn Yul, director of the Centre for International Studies at Yonsei University, as saying that "the Abe-Trump cooperation is easing Korea passing."

    North Korea has carried out several missile tests in the past several months. In September, Pyongyang tested what it described as a hydrogen bomb, in violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

    Although the UN Security Council tightened sanctions against North Korea, Pyongyang has thus far shown no intent to halt its missile or nuclear programs.

    The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.


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