Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon delivered the keynote speech at The East Asia Round Table Series, "ASEAN, Thailand, and the Korean Peninsula: A need for a new security arrangement in East Asia?" organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Institute of East Asian Studies at Thammasat University.
January 27, 2014
Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am glad that we are able to meet here today, in spite of the challenges facing Thailand at this time. Let us take a break from the Thai situation, and take our minds to the Korean Peninsula, a region facing many challenges as well.
The Korean War began on 25 June 1950 and is still continuing as we speak. Even though the fighting had stopped back in 1953, with the signing of the Armistice Agreement, there has been no official end to the war, no peace agreement. The Korean Peninsula remains one of the most fragile and dangerous areas of the world, where fighting could resume at anytime.
I have been asked to share with you today some of my personal stories about my interactions with the people from Pyongyang. To understand a people, one must understand how they think. We are quite familiar with the views of the United States. I hope my story will add a little to our understanding of the people, in a country that some have called the “Hermit Kingdom...”
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