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The Effects of Regional Power Factors on Inter-Korean Relations and Implications of the Nuclear Issue for the Northeast Asian Security Order

  • Stephen Kirby

Abstract

The dynamic phase of detente in Northeast Asia in the years 1988–1992 was facilitated by a singular improvement in relations between the four major powers involved in the region. This in turn paved the way for much improved links between certain states in the area which had formerly been divided by ideological and political differences. It appeared at the time that the detente momentum had infiltrated bilateral relations on the Korean peninsula when, after eight rounds of inter-prime ministerial talks, the two Koreas signed the Non-Aggression and Reconciliation Agreement, and the Joint Declaration on Denuclearisation, in December 1991. However, subsequent developments suggest that the two sides were brought together more by necessity than by any real desire for conciliation or any commitment to make the agreements work. At any rate, this observation certainly applies to North Korea whose economic and political circumstances were adversely, and substantially, altered by policy changes in the USSR and the PRC, in the years 1989 to 1992, and this required some urgent remedial action.

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Korean Peninsula Security Council Nuclear Weapon World Order Economic Sanction 
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