Hwang Jang-yup, a former secretary of the North Korean Worker’s Party who defected to the South, said Thursday the Sunshine Policy was “a very wrong policy made by those who had no knowledge about the North at all.”
Hwang slammed the Sunshine Policy of the Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun administrations. “South Korea’s policy towards the North so far has been wrong because the South has no idea of how the North Korean regime brainwashes its people,” he said. “Proponents of the Sunshine Policy say increasing contact with North Koreans in places like the Kaesong Industrial Complex will lead to reform and opening of the country and ultimately dismantle the North Korean regime, but that would probably take 200 years.”
“Equally, saying that the deterioration of Kim Jong-il’s health might bring a coup d’etat betrays ignorance on North Korea.”
Hwang also claimed that restarting the operation of the Yongbyon plant and exploding the cooling tower are North Korea’s strategy to gain the advantage in the negotiation process. In reality, he said, the Yongbyon plant is merely a pile of iron scraps.