M.K. BHADRAKUMAR. Russia pushes back at US on North Korea (Asian Times 4 June, 2018)

Foreign Minister Lavrov asserted Russia’s role in the current process as a stakeholder in the stability of northeast Asia; he flagged the need to revive six-party talks; it also seems Putin will meet Kim Jong-un soon.  

[If President Trump thinks that the DPRK issue is one for the US alone to determine, he will be deluded. As the article below indicates, there is a very strong historical link between Russia and the founder of the DPRK, Kim Il Sung. John Menadue]  

The visit by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Pyongyang on May 31 was a poignant moment for both countries. This was a rare meeting between a senior Russian official and a member of the Kim dynasty. Yet, Russia has been the oldest friend and mentor of the ruling family in Pyongyang.

John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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1 Response to M.K. BHADRAKUMAR. Russia pushes back at US on North Korea (Asian Times 4 June, 2018)

  1. Tony Kevin says:

    An important and perceptive article by an experienced former Russia hand in the Indian Foreign Ministry – M K Bhadrakumar is always worth reading carefully.

    Trump will be completely outplayed diplomatically by Kim, backed by Russia and China, unless he completely re-jigs his own thinking, which is all inappropriately based from his own life experience working in a cutthroat commercial model of business partners and rivals in the property development industry .

    This he is always about trying to divide his opponents – pull Russia away from China, North Korea away from China, Russia away from Iran, and so on., creating new alliances and breaking old ones from which he hopes to benefit. It is all zero-sum thinking. He cannot understand that the new international order will be – is already starting to become – about agreed rules based on sovereignty and detente among a concert of civilised powers. . It’s a different game to the one he knows.

    But it is great that he is trying. The longer he is in this game, however ineptly, the harder it will be to pull out without diplomatic cost to US. Asia will be watching how he fares. So will Russia.

    Peace is at hand at last in the Koreas. I have a good feeling about this. It will b3 harder and harder to dissemble and propagandise about evil Pyongyang, the longer this process goes on. And it will more and more become a six-party game, this is the logic of the situation.

    The extension of the Trans -Siberian from Vladivostok through NK to ROK”s major Pacific ports will quickly begin to transform the peninsula’s economic prospects and Siberia’s connections with it. This will be win-win for everybody , consistent with the ONOR Chinese vision.

    Exciting times.

    In his own clumsy and self-absorbed way, Trump is opening major strategic doors. Well done, Donald .

    Australia, are you watching ? Does our strategic establishment have the brains to see this as anything other than a threat? Actually it is a great opportunity.

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