BERLIN/ PYONGYANG | | kvdr

BERLIN/ PYONGYANG (Own report) - Following yesterday's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Head of State Kim Jong Un, German politicians are calling on Berlin and the EU to participate in a "process of multilateral dialogue" in Northeast Asia. Berlin should launch a "German-French initiative" to intervene in the upcoming negotiations with Pyongyang, declared Hartmut Koschyk (CSU), who, has been engaged in talks in South and North Korea, for a long time. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in would be quite receptive to intensifying German-European activities on the Korean Peninsula. German business representatives are hoping for profitable deals, particularly because of the recent developments in North Korea. Having acquired the capacity of nuclear deterrence, the North Korean leadership is planning to focus the country's resources on its economic development. Since 2013, Pyongyang has established 22 special economic zones. The German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) is demanding that Berlin promote business with North Korea through the German Development Bank (KfW) and with Hermes export credit guarantees. more…

Lying in Wait

PYONGYANG/BERLIN | | kvdr

PYONGYANG/BERLIN (Own report) - Taking advantage of North Korea's strategic reorientation, Germany's FDP-affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation is resuming its activities in that country. Recently, the North Korean leadership officially ended its policy of a balanced build up of its military and the economy, to prioritize the country's economy, a move, experts note, President Kim Jong Un had been seeking to make for years. However, he initially prioritized the development of the nuclear deterrence capability, to safeguard against a possible US attack. He is now seeking to have UN sanctions lifted, to allow foreign companies into the country. Important steps have already been made. Possibly the Naumann Foundation - which had established contacts to Pyongyang already in 2002 and in 2004 organized a workshop on the country's "economic modernization" - also played a role. Its activities should now intensify. German companies, according to reports, are "lying in wait". more…

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PYONGYANG/BERLIN (Own report) - German foreign policy experts are recommending that the policy of confrontation vis à vis North Korea be renounced and replaced with new proposals to the Pyongyang leadership. Confrontation can hardly lead to success, predicts an expert on Korea at the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation: The North Korean rulers are resorting to military threats toward the West to rally the population and divert attention from the country's domestic shortcomings. If you want success, you must entice Pyongyang's leadership with the promise of intensive support in "opening" its economy and guaranteeing their position of power, in the event of a transformation of the social system. Vietnam is a blueprint for such an approach. For quite some time, German party-affiliated foundations and economic and legal experts have been serving as consultants in the North Korean capital. At the beginning of this year, a participating scholar reported that a pending "master plan" for the transformation of the social system could be implemented later this year. If the country opens its doors, Berlin would immediately benefit not only economically but politically as well: Tangible influence on the Korean peninsula would be combined with an important role in East Asia, the future center of gravity in global policy. more…

PYONGYANG/BERLIN | | kvdr

PYONGYANG/BERLIN (Own report) - German foreign policy makers are reacting with great anticipation to the most recent announcement of an economic "opening" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. According to head of state, Kim Jong Un's declaration, the country is facing a "radical change of course," which would not even exclude a "reunification" with the Republic of Korea. According to reports, German economic scholars and jurists are in Pyongyang helping to elaborate economic policies, which could also open up lucrative business opportunities for western companies. It has been reported that North Korea disposes of large deposits of natural resources and an extremely cheap work force. For several years, German experts, under contract of the FDP-affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation, have been working in Pyongyang to promote the "transformation from a planned to a market economy." In addition, because of its experience in taking over the German Democratic Republic, South Korea considers the Federal Republic of Germany an important partner for advice and cooperation on the issue of "reunification." The development taking place on the Korean peninsular is very important for the People's Republic of China, whose national security is seriously affected. more…

PYONGYANG/SEOUL/BERLIN | | kvdrsuedkoreachina

PYONGYANG/SEOUL/BERLIN (Own report) - Following the armed confrontation at the maritime border between South and North Korea, Berlin has increased pressure on Pyongyang. The German foreign ministry announced, it had summoned the North Korean ambassador Wednesday and protested against the deadly shelling of the Yeonpyeong Island. The escalation at the disputed maritime border was a setback for German efforts to reach unification between North and South Korea. For years, Germany has been pursuing this objective. Berlin is not only hoping to have more influence on the Korean Peninsular - claiming that in questions of reunification their qualifications are unrivaled - but also to gain comprehensive geo-strategic advantages over China. North Korea, according to Chinese experts, serves as a "buffer zone" between the People's Republic of China and the US troops stationed in South Korea. On the other hand, for years, Germany has been furnishing South Korea with weaponry. South Korea is at the top of Germany's list of customers for its combat material - most recently in first place. more…

PYONGYANG/BEIJING/BERLIN | | kvdrchina

PYONGYANG/BEIJING/BERLIN (Own report) - German experts on North Korea are speculating that Pyongyang will begin opening itself up to the West. The North Korean government's "days are numbered," predicts the German Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Hartmut Koschyk (CSU), a Korea activist for many years. The FDP party-affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation claims to have learned in Pyongyang that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is pursuing an "opening up" strategy. These speculations are occurring in the midst of a comprehensive North Korean generation change of guard, including at the top levels of the state, bringing some people, who have close contacts to western countries, into influential positions. Berlin is observing Pyongyang's trend toward opening up with consistent efforts to unify North and South Korea - along the lines of the annexation of the German Democratic Republic by the Federal Republic of Germany. These efforts are also targeting China. As one foreign policy expert from Shanghai explains, North Korea is very significant as a buffer country between the US military units stationed in South Korea and China, tying down US troops, with its own military potential. If North and South Korea should unite, this would provide Washington a much larger military leeway in its relations with Beijing. more…