Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Kim Sung-hwan, let it rip to an AP reporter on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“We are victims of Japanese colonial rule…When the Japanese government claims Dokdo is their territory, Korean people (take) it as another attempt to invade our country,” Kim said. “So that’s the Korean sentiment and I hope that the Japanese government understands this.”
I don’t know about the Japanese, but I understand this.
Where I am confused is with the belief that prudent military strategy be decided by those who Kim says believe Dokdo is the stepping stone for invasion.
Kim said Seoul wants to expand relations with Japan, including in military cooperation, but only if South Korean public sentiment allows it. In June, they put on hold an intelligence sharing pact after it provoked an outcry in South Korea.
“We have to try to overcome these differences. It’s up to the Japanese attitude. While they maintain their attitude … there should be some limit on the scope of cooperation,” he said.
I agree with Paul Cronin’s take: Limit the information released on strategy measures and get the intel sharing started.
“I would encourage these governments to do the same things they would do under the pact secretly until they can get the public support they need, which may not come until after the election.”
Or sometime mid-22nd century.