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Wesley Clark: Intermediaries Crucial to Talks Between the Koreas

Wesley Clark: Intermediaries Crucial to Talks Between the Koreas
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By    |   Wednesday, 03 January 2018 12:10 PM

Direct talks between North Korea and South Korea are fraught with peril for Seoul and the U.S. and should be avoided, former Gen. Wesley Clark wrote in a column for CNBC.

Instead, Clark offers a better idea — "indirect negotiations between mediators."

This one needs a referee, writes Clark.

"The issues between the two Koreas are longstanding and painful. Using intermediaries would provide a buffer for the two parties, as well as for the public, and enable teams of technical experts to assess issues, and offer sound, realistic and long-term solutions," wrote Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander.

Allowing for direct talks between the two countries is a profound lose-lose for every country not named North Korea, especially South Korea and the U.S., Clark writes.

"Accepting the talks potentially drives a wedge between the South Korean government and the United States. Refusing to talk weakens the government in Seoul and also the sanctions," Clark writes.

Seoul must remain firm and redirect Kim Jong Un's "clever" proposal, despite its desperate desire to secure peace for next month's Winter Olympics, Clark writes.

There's a better way.

"The U.S., China, Russia, and Japan could form a council of guarantors monitoring and assisting the mediators, and the United Nations could be called on to endorse the outcome," Clark wrote.

"In the meantime, the sanctions should be fully implemented and enforced. If the North wants immediate relief, it must take action to rein in its nuclear program," Clark concluded.

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