Tuesday, June 17, 2008

No U.S. plan if North Korea collapses

A former senior official in President Bush's White House dropped a proverbial bombshell by asserting that the United States and South Korea have no coordinated plan to cope with a collapse of the North Korean regime of "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il.

Victor Cha, who was director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2007, wrote: "In what would be the single most important contingency that could impact the South Korean economy and security for decades, there is no agreed-upon plan for how to deal with a collapsing North Korea."

In an article in the Chosun Ilbo, Cha blamed the former president of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, whose term ended in February. "The Roh Moo-hyun government," Cha said, "rejected planning discussions because it believed such discussions would offend Pyongyang and give the impression the U.S. and Seoul were actively conspiring to collapse the regime."

[Excerpt of Opinion page by Richard Halloran, Honolulu Advertiser]

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