DEFENCE Minister Kim Kwan-jin’s hawkish stance against North Korea has made him No. 1 target of Pyongyang’s propaganda machine. So President Park Geun-hye’s selection of Kim as head of the National Security Office Sunday seems to show that there will be little change in her North Korea policy, characterised so far by exerting pressure and waiting for the North’s changes. The appointment will be deeply disappointing for many Koreans, who hoped that the chief executive would become more positive and flexible in dealing with the North and other regional powers, including Japan, and employ people who can lead her in that direction.

... East Asia is becoming a stage of dizzy diplomatic games.... We doubt whether Kim, a former general who has handled little but military affairs throughout his entire career, will be able to orchestrate and coordinate the highly sophisticated job of mixing hard power and soft power, or military and diplomacy. ... — (June 2)

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2014

Opinion

Royal taxidermy
16 Sep 2021

Royal taxidermy

The king’s death was hastened so it could be announced in the morning papers.
A great leap backward
Updated 15 Sep 2021

A great leap backward

Courses appear to reinforce a closed mindset and have nothing to do with the requirements of a modern education system.

Editorial

Aid for Afghans
16 Sep 2021

Aid for Afghans

Humanitarian aid can resume even if the world decides to hold back on formal recognition of the regime for now.
16 Sep 2021

Wheat price

THE government’s decision to raise the wheat release price, or the rate at which provinces issue their grain ...
16 Sep 2021

Keeping the press out

ON Monday, the government yet again displayed its rising contempt for the freedom of press — this time in...
15 Sep 2021

Election trends

THE cantonment board elections are over and their results offer an opportunity for introspection to all major...
15 Sep 2021

Grace marks

THE decision to promote all students awaiting the results of their board exams by awarding grace marks is likely to...