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08-07-2017
Indonesia must persuade North Korea to be moderate and soft
Author : Hendrajit, Geopolitical Analyst and Executive Director of the Global Future Institute (GFI)

If US diplomatic maneuvers through the UNSC is intended to invite the whole world to isolate and embargo North Korea, then what measure must Indonesia take?


Our views in the Global Future Institute, North Korea should not be provoked and inflated with its anger and radicalism on a scale that could lead to instability in the Korean Peninsula in particular, and the Asia Pacific region in general.

If the US scenario could run smoothly in the UNSC to impose international sanctions on North Korea like economic embargo, then it is tantamount to provoking North Korea to be more aggressive and radical.

Therefore, Indonesia and the countries that are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), should come to a shared attitude and viewpoint, namely rejecting US maneuvers and strategic allies such as NATO, Japan and South Korea, to impose international sanctions on North Korea.

Thus, the active role of Indonesia as the largest country in ASEAN and as the founding member of ASEAN, is to persuade other ASEAN countries, so that the ASEAN Political Community does not impose new sanctions on North Korea. Because if North Korea is isolated, the situation and conditions on the Korean Peninsula will only get worse.

On the other hand, through ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM, Indonesia must persuade other ASEAN countries to take an active role in engaging North Korea to resolve the Korean crisis through various international forums both regionally and multilaterally.

In relation thereto, the Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry should be sensitive in reading current global conditions and constellations, particularly in the wake of the growing global trend on the Korean Peninsula.

Because if the Indonesian government fails to anticipate the worst scenario that will occur in the Korean Peninsula, it will also affect the Asia Pacific region in general, at the same time will endanger the prospects of the Global Maritime Fulcrum program initiated by the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo. Because this program calls for the importance of a peaceful and stable climate in the Asia Pacific region.



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