Recently, under the pressure of the situation on the peninsula being stalemate and the external sanctions being relieved, the DPRK emphasized national priority policies and attracted attention from all walks of life.
Yonhap News Agency reported on November 26 that the main Korean newspaper called on the 26th to unite around the top leader Kim Jong-un and promote national priority policies.
The report pointed out that at the end of last year, the country first appeared in the Korean national media and was frequently used in recent months. And at a time when the denuclearization negotiations between North Korea and the United States are deadlocked, the slogan has become the key word for domestic solidarity.
The public opinion pointed out that since the end of the DPRK-US summit, although the United States has requested the DPRK to reduce or postpone military exercises with South Korea, it has been slow to compromise on key economic sanctions, resulting in a stagnant state of denuclearization negotiations between the DPRK and the United States. Strong>. The North Korean media recently pointed out that the US sanctions have not let go of a children's toy.
In this context, how do you interpret Pyongyang's recent national priorities? Is there any intention to call the United States first?
Wang Junsheng, an associate researcher at the Asia-Pacific and Global Strategy Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said in an interview with the reference news network that the so-called national priority policy should be understood from two aspects. First of all, it must be recognized that North Korea is a country that emphasizes collectivism, and national interests are higher than personal interests. Now that North Korea is undergoing a period of reform to transform into economic development, new problems may arise within the country during such a period of active social factors. Therefore, the formulation of national priority policies is conducive to effective coordination of all aspects of Korean society, stabilizing social factors, and thus helping North Korea shift its focus to economic development.
Secondly, North Korea at this time emphasized that the concept of national priority must be related to the US priority policy pursued by the Trump administration. The US's priority proposal has caused the world to worry, fearing that the United States will sacrifice its interests and the interests of the international community while satisfying its own interests, such as withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear agreement and the Paris Agreement. North Korea also has this concern: it hopes that the United States will pay back for the measures it has taken (such as bombing the nuclear test site), instead of just considering the interests of the United States alone, ignoring the demands of the DPRK and making actions that harm the interests of the DPRK.
A foreign media recently said that after the US mid-term elections, the US-DPRK relations did not go any further as expected. On the contrary, the high-level meeting between the US and the DPRK, which was scheduled to be held after the midterm elections, was cancelled. The outside world is worried about the nuclear comedy between the DPRK and the United States or the soap opera.
Wang Junsheng believes that from the current point of view, after the mid-term elections, the United States has basically not changed its policy toward the DPRK. Trump's position on the DPRK has still not wavered. First, it is necessary to realize the substantive denuclearization of North Korea, and then talk about issues such as security and sanctions. The DPRK hopes that while the denuclearization will proceed, it will also develop the economy and ease the pressure on sanctions. So the two sides are deadlocked and the space for compromise and concession is small. In the face of a series of recent protests by North Korea, I believe that the United States will not change its position in the future.
Wang Junsheng said that under such a stalemate, the Korean Peninsula issue needs more external forces. All parties should help the DPRK and the United States to establish new cooperation mechanisms and build mutual trust with each other so that both sides will be at the same pace in advancing the peninsula and change the existing embarrassing situation.