Amidst the Republican accusations that the President has not been tough enough on the America's foes, Obama's first ever visit to the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) separating North and South Korea has been seen as an epitome of solidarity in U.S.-South Korean alliance.
A show of solidarity
At the time when its northern counterpart has made long strides in attaining nuclear warheads and is at the verge of tipping satellites with nuclear-armed missiles, Obama’s visit comes as a welcome show of solidarity not only with for his long time military ally South Korea, but also for the resolution he took of nuclear disarmament.
In three-day Nuclear Security Summit, it is likely that North Korea, Iran and Syria will be high on the agenda. The official agenda will deal with nuclear terrorism and how to secure the world's nuclear material but the summit seems to be already hijacked by the Pyongyang’s announcement that it would carry out a "satellite launch" in mid-April to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's founder.
While South Korea is apprehensive and fears that the satellite launch is an attempt to develop a nuclear-armed missile, US has endeavored to allay it saying the peninsular nation is still at least 5-6 years away from developing a miniature nuclear warhead.
Flares raging in the North
The visit by the US President, coming at a crucial time as the totalitarian nation commemorates the birth anniversary of the Great Leader Kim Il-Sung, the grandfather of the current dictator Kim Jong-un, has already enraged the North and it is in no mood to hear anything against its ‘peaceful’ space gambit.
Stalling of food-aid and other sanctions, or any provocative reference made at the summit about the nuclear program of the North is only likely to up the ante for a war.
As North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency already made it clear that
If there is any provocative act such as the issuance of a so-called statement concerning ‘the North’s nuclear issue’ at the Seoul conference, it would constitute an extreme insult. Any provocative act would be considered as a declaration of war against us, and its consequences would serve as great obstacles to talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
This statement has made the talks much more complex and it seems like Food Aid plan, which is essential for millions of malnourished in the North, is in jeopardy.