Expert “Selected and focused to emphasize the message of freedom and unity … As if aware of North Korea’s response”
President Yun Seok-yeol did not mention North Korea even once in his speech at the 77th United Nations General Assembly, and various analyzes are conducted about the background.
This speech introduced North Korea’s ‘bold initiative’ in his Liberation Day congratulatory speech, and focused attention on the contents of North Korea’s nuclear power policy, which opened to a pre-emptive nuclear attack at the Supreme People’s Assembly held on the 8th. .
For this reason, many predicted that President Yun would appeal to the member states of the United Nations for support for the ‘bold initiative’ by expressing his determination to respond firmly to the nuclear threat of North Korea through his speech .
In his 11-minute speech, President Yoon mentioned ‘freedom’ 21 times, ‘UN’ 20 times, the international community ’13’ and ‘unity’ 8 times instead of mentioning North Korea.
It is analyzed that the message relating to North Korea has been excluded in order to emphasize ‘freedom and unity’, the keywords of this speech.
Yang Moo-jin, president of the University of North Korean Studies, said in a phone call with Yonhap News on the 21st, “It seems he made a choice and focus to emphasize the message of freedom and solidarity.” .”
In fact, President Yoon’s speech included a part that said, “Today, the international community is once again threatened with the freedom and peace of the world’s citizens due to changes in the status quo through force, weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons, and collective violation of human rights.”
This can be interpreted as a statement aimed at the North Korean regime, which focuses on the promotion and diversification of nuclear weapons, and the human rights situation in North Korea.
In addition, there is a comment that there may be a ruling that does not need to be reconsidered in the UN General Assembly, as the Yun Seok-Yeol administration’s ‘Bold Initiative’, which is the road map for denuclearization, has already clarified its message to North Korea.
A high-ranking official from the presidential office explained to reporters, “The message to North Korea is in a situation where there is nothing else to add or take away from the announcement of the Yun Seok-Yeol administration’s new approach to North Korea, the ‘Bold Enterprise’.”
Kyungnam University professor Kim Geun-sik appeared on the MBC radio program ‘Focus on Kim Jong-bae’s gaze’ and said, “I think there was a tactical calculation that there was no need to speak at the UN General Assembly yet in a state where North Korea was in no condition to respond at all and was not ready to accept it.” he said.
There is also an opinion that it differs from the previous Moon Jae-in administration, which put a lot of weight on messages to North Korea, to the extent that it emphasized only the declaration of the end of the war in its speech at the United Nations General . Assembly for two consecutive years (2020 and 2021).
It was interpreted as emphasizing the difference from the previous government by not mentioning North Korea strategically in the speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the best step for diplomacy, while sending a message that it would not be drag to North Korea.
In fact, in an interview with the New York Times (NYT) reported on the 18th, President Yoon criticized the previous government’s North Korea policy, saying, “The last government was just a little obsessed with a certain friend of the name of North Korea.”