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Koreas Open DMZ at Last:
|We are very happy to reprint this article, which was first published in the September 27, 2002 issue of Executive Intelligence Review, as we celebrate these beautiful developments in process in North and South Korea. The US media silence on this has been deafening, but that silence won't stop the process of unification of Korea, and the building of the Eurasian Landbridge! Celebrate with the Koreans, whose ties have been severed for a half century, by changing the policy to that of Peace Through Economic Development. (see Maps below.)
In the west, where the Seoul-Pyongyang Kyongui line is being rebuilt toward China, South Korean soldiers unlocked the ten-foot-high fence that runs the 250-kilometer length of the DMZ, at Dorasan Station in Paju, as thousands applauded. Simultaneously, 14.2 kilometers to the north, North Korea opened its fence at Kaesong Station. On the peninsula's east coast, where the Donghae-Wonsan line is being rebuilt toward Russia's Vladivostok, North Korean Prime Minister Hong Song-nam, Railway Minister Kim Yong-sam, and 3,000 guests cut the north fence of the DMZ at Onjong-ri at the foot of Mt. Kumgang (Diamond Mountain). Some 27 km to the south, South Korea opened its east coast fence in Kosung at the Unification Observatory, as crowds gazed north toward the revered Diamond Mountain.
At all four points, ceremonies with fireworks and music exploded. At the beautiful new Dorasan Station, a South Korean girl in white, symbolizing the North, emerged from behind the barbed wire holding a single red rose, and joined hands with a boy in a black suit, representing the South, also carrying a single rose. They joined a chorus singing the emotional "Our Wish Is Unification," as a train decked with a unification flag and flowers rolled slowly toward the fence where the rails end. Overhead screens broadcast simultaneous ceremonies in the east.
In more ceremonies on Sept. 19, 2002, construction began: South and North Korean soldiers simultaneously entered the DMZ at all four points for mine-clearing operations. Near Dorasan, 50 soldiers with live ammunition and 50 engineering troops followed a German-made mine-sweeper along the rail lines in a massed procession of trucks, backhoes, bulldozers, and an ambulance.
The military determination with which the Koreans seek to make their country whole was clear from the front-page photo of Seoul's top daily, the Korea Times, showing troops marching in formation behind the mine-sweeper. "This is not a simple construction job but a historic military operation," said Lt. Col. Bae Yoon-Hyo. "North Korean troops, whose weapons are normally trained on us, are instead doing their work at the same time."
If work goes smoothly, the western railway is to be reopened this year, making it possible to travel by train from Seoul to Pyongyang for the first time since the 1940s. A western road will be opened alongside next Spring. An east coast road could be opened as early as December, to allow family reunions at Diamond Mountain. The east coast railway is to be finished in early 2003.
Distances are short, but the engineering feat is huge. The DMZ is a 4 km-wide no-man's land strewn with millions of land mines, running 250 km from sea to sea. Troops must clear some 2,000 mines from each of their 2 km halves, on both coasts, to create a 250 meter corridor in the west and a 100 meter one in the east for rail and roadways.
'The Work of All Eurasia'
South Korean President Kim Dae-jung was in Europe Sept. 20-24, urging European leaders again to help rebuild not only the Trans-Korean Railway, but the entire length of the New Silk Road, from Pusan in the southern tip of Korea, to Paris, across Eurasia. Yonhap News reported that in Copenhagen on Sept. 22, "He will ask Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) nations for cooperation in South Korea's ambitious plan to realize an `Iron Silk Road' railway linking the Korean Peninsula to Europe."
Economist, statesman, and U.S. Presidential pre-candidate Lyndon LaRouche, the author of the 1992 "New Silk RoadEurasian Land-Bridge" concept, was overjoyed with the events. As EIR reported on Sept. 13, the sudden breakthroughs in Korea are not a domestic affair, but an international strategic move by the heads of state of Russia, Japan, and China, as well as both Koreas, to stop the threatened Mideast war from spreading into Asia. Furthermore, "this was beyond only that" LaRouche added, referencing both Kim's European trip and private initiatives by certain Europeans. "This was the work of all Eurasia, including Germany, to help the Koreas solve the problem. This was their answer to the devil"meaning, the threat of global war and economic collapse.
'Japan's Grand Entrance'
The international nature of the New Silk Road strategy, as a Eurasian-wide proposal for rapid economic development, in opposition to global war, was also put in sharp focus by the remarkable surprise summit on Sept. 17 in Pyongyang, between Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-il. The nominal antagonists reached a sweeping set of what Japan's Foreign Ministry called "comprehensive accords," agreeing to formal diplomatic normalization talks in October, said a joint statement by the two leaders.
End of Bush Unilateralism
The Pyongyang summit pulls several rugs out from under the war party in Washington. A Korea Times editorial on Sept. 17 (plainly leaked by the President's Blue House), is entitled "Is North Korea Ready for Peace? Koizumi Picks Up Where Kim Left Off." It compares the Koizumi-Kim summit to South Korean President Kim Dae-jung's first historic June 2000 Pyongyang trip, asserting that Koizumi's trip was architected by President Kim Dae-jung. "The Japanese Premier did what Kim bid him to dosettling Tokyo's biggest unsolved diplomatic task. He decided to make perhaps his biggest wager, going to Pyongyang to meet the man who holds the key to the deadlock.
Koizumi, the man once considered as disdainful of the country his ancestors ruled with an iron fist." The editorial quotes a Blue House official: " `I think that the Koizumi-Kim Jong-il summit will result in things whose repercussions will be felt for a long time to come in terms of a lasting peace on the peninsula, as well as in the region.' " And the paper concludes, "This will most likely affect Bush, who is busy waging his war on global terrorism, and make him reconsider his attempt to introduce unilateralism, the sword Bush uses to rearrange the world order as he sees fit. This seems to be the only approach available to the Kim Dae-jung Administration to have the United States change its mind and give another chance to inter-Korean rapprochement."
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