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Jakarta Post

Now time for Indonesia to build peace on Korean Peninsula

  • Peter van Tuijl

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 3 2016   /  09:53 am

The risk of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula remains a crucial problem in Asia. More than 60 years after the end of the Korean War, there is still no peace agreement but an armistice only. The conflict is caught in a stalemate between superpowers.

Since the Six-Party Talks were suspended in 2009, there have been no serious diplomatic interactions to work on any solution. Relations between North and South Korea are deteriorating.

We see increased inflammatory rhetoric and an alarming nuclear proliferation. It leaves Asia exposed to a potential outbreak of nuclear, chemical and/or conventional warfare. There are five reasons why Indonesia should consider developing a new diplomatic initiative to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.

First, Indonesia’s strategic interests are at stake in Northeast Asia. The unfolding of any scenario of greater tension, further n...