A DPRK Perspective on the Situation in the Korean Peninsula
HE Hyon Hak-bong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom, Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Chair: Dr John Nilsson-Wright, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House
The Korean Peninsula has long been a critical flash-point for potential conflict in Northeast Asia. Since December 2011, with the emergence of Kim Jong-un as the new leader in Pyongyang, and the election in 2012 of the Park Geun-hye administration in Seoul, relations between the two Koreas have fluctuated between moments of positive engagement and constructive dialogue on the one hand and increased tension and fear of military escalation on the other. At all times, the issues of denuclearization and the potential for unification have loomed large.
Against this backdrop, Ambassador Hyon will provide a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) perspective on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula, considering the nuclear issue, the role of the US and the prospects for regional security.