September 27, 2023

Kim Jong Un doesn’t deserve an olive branch

Even talking of reconciliation risks undermining an international consensus against Kim's crimes

For the past few years, there has been an almost ceaseless drumbeat of insults, threats and counter-threats on the Korean Peninsula. From balloons to drones to loudspeakers to landmines to nuclear and missile tests – not to mention insults hurled against President Park Geun-hye and President Obama that are unrepeatable in polite society – there has been a slow but steady escalation of tension.

Seemingly having grown tired of the unpleasantness of it all, every side seems to be motioning for peace these days.