North Korea-US Agreement Must Be Followed Technically

By : Herry Barus And Aldi Firhand. A | Wednesday, June 13 2018 - 23:12 IWST

Guru Besar Hukum Internasional UI Hikmahanto Juwana
Guru Besar Hukum Internasional UI Hikmahanto Juwana - Jakarta - An agreement signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting in Singapore on Tuesday (12/6), should be followed up technically and comprehensively.

"President Donald Trump and the North Korean Leaders have made a four-point Joint Statement at their meeting in Singapore as the alleged statement is still general and the two leaders agreed to follow up technically," said Hikmahanto Juwana, a professor of international law at the University of Indonesia, in Jakarta, Wednesday (13/6/2018)

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and top officials from North Korea will soon hold further talks.

He said the international community needs to be grateful that the Trump-Kim meeting is positive and gives hope for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"It's just that the world should not dissolve in the joys, there are still a number of steps to be taken to ensure that denuclearization in the North is realized and not impossible that obstacles must be faced," he said.

The first hurdle is related to the behavior of Donald Trump, remembering after the meeting, Trump feels himself out as the winner of the war.

Such behavior will provoke Kim Jong Un, even the North Koreans, to react negatively and impact on technical negotiations.

Secondly, he added, the world needs to pay attention to the domestic political situation in North Korea.

"If there is a loyalist of Kim Jong Un parents and grandparents who are disappointed with the outcome of the meeting, it is a question of whether they will not take a coup against Kim Jong Un's leadership. If a coup d'etat occurs again this will have an impact on the technical meeting," he said.

Furthermore, the challenge is what the technical formulations as a follow-up of the deal Trump and Kim.

"Such as the North's denuclearization program will be accompanied by the withdrawal of US troops in South Korea, even Japan," said Hikmahanto again.

Similarly whether the continuation of the Kim Dynasty will be guaranteed for its sustainability in North Korea along with the more prosperous people of North Korea, manifesting democratization and respect for human rights.

"In this regard, will the US be able to refrain from engaging in the fall of the Kim Regime," he said.

These fears follow from the experiences of a number of countries in the Middle East with the United States behind the rebels wanting to overthrow authoritarian leaders, from Saddam Hussein to Muamar Gaddafi.

"Of course there are many more issues that become challenges for the technical team to be formulated," said Hikmahanto. (Ant)

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