On May 29 , the Valdai Club hosted a discussion on the prospects for the development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
The situation on the Korean Peninsula remains one of the world’s most serious international security problems. Attempts by the United States and its allies in the region to influence the foreign policy of the DPRK by “upgrading” the sanctions regime of the UN Security Council by adding their own unilateral measures has not led to policy changes in policy changes in Pyongyang.
Today we can talk about a new round of the arms race playing out on the Korean Peninsula, in which each side is trying to find the best option in responding to the military threats of the enemy. In the short and medium term, new steps by the DPRK to build up the nuclear missile capabilities, as well as strengthening coordination between the United States and the Republic of Korea, are quite likely. China and Russia remain an important factor in the security situation on the Korean Peninsula. The development of rivalry between China and the United States will be reflected in the policy of both countries towards the Korean Peninsula. The Ukrainian crisis may have an impact on relations between Russia and the Republic of Korea. The security equation on the Korean Peninsula is becoming even more complex as the crisis in the system of international relations grows.
What are the consequences of the development of the DPRK’s nuclear missile programme for the balance of power on the Korean Peninsula? What are the positions of the members of the UN Security Council on the security of the Korean Peninsula? How can the Republic of Korea and the US contain the DPRK? How will the role of China and Russia in security issues on the Korean Peninsula change? Participants of the expert discussion answered these and other questions.
- Dmitry Kiku, Deputy Director of the External Restrictions Control Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, an expert in the field of customs and export control of the Group of Experts of the UN Security Council Committee on the DPRK;
- Konstantin Asmolov, Leading Researcher, Center for Korean Studies, Institute of China and Modern Asia, Russian Academy of Sciences;
Working languages: Russian, English.