“North Korea has adjusted its time zone to match Seoul, in a move that Pyongyang’s official news agency calls an early step towards “becoming one” with the South.The Saturday change saw North Korea set its clocks 30 minutes ahead, doing away with “Pyongyang Time,” which was created in 2015.”
While North Korea’s NCNA agency called it: “first practical step” to “speed up the process for the North and the South to become one and turn their different and separated things into the same and single ones.”
Many Korean families were severely affected by
The North has a population around 25 million, which is half of the population of the South. Since North Korea was heavily sanctioned since its creation and the focus of the leaders was on the military the North Korea industry couldn’t properly develop. Meanwhile, North Korea was sitting on $3 trillion to $6 trillion worth of mineral resources, including rare earth metals, which are factually not all that rare, a throve with could help the South Korean economy along with the huge labor force of North Korea.
North Korean officials under George Bush and Bill Clinton wanted the U.S. to lift the sanctions affecting North Korea but they were constantly betrayed by White House administrations and North Korea was always demonized even when cooperated with its counterparts in Europe and in the United States.
Reunification of the Koreas, How?
As of now, it looks like that the two Koreas, North Korea, and South Korea will be reunified very soon under a single banner. However, that transformation will require cooperation from the affected parties, from the North and the South. Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in look like that they enjoy each other’s company and are ready to work on a series of issues affecting the two Korean states.
Since North Korea has a communist-style one-party system, the leader of the North, Kim Jong-un will most likely be granted a life-long mostly ceremonial position in the administration of the reunified Korea. That will prove South Korea’s goodwill and seriousness about reunification in terms of the discussions and in the future it will ensure that the northern parts will get extra attention from the government.
Donald Trump and the White House like to grab all the credits, but Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping also look to be supportive of the recent developments unfolded after the 2018 Winter Olympics, and during the multiple recent meetings.
Is it supported by the Great Powers in the region?
The United States military was ‘seriously’ training for a war with North Korea, meanwhile, the mainstream media was pushing war rhetoric all year long.
China and Russia have called for the complete stop on the ballistic missile testing program and voted against North Korea in the past. Shortly after tensions became very high, Putin has decided to evacuate Russian towns and other settlements near the North Korean border and held drills preparing for a military conflict.
Rumour has it that the reunification efforts spearheaded by Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in are supported by all three major powers in the region, the United States, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, because they were promised 1/3 of the gold each found in North Korea. If this is true then the morals and the integrity of these leaders should be questioned since they are extorting the most precious resource of an effectively 3rd-world country to enrich (arguably) the world’s top 3 superpowers. #extortion101
Some people still believe that this move from the U.S. administration came as a reaction to the recent discovery of rare earth metals off the coast of Japan, however that could be no further from the truth. Rare earth metals are not at all rare, in point of fact, these metals can be found in semi-infinite quantities on different parts of the world, and are just as common as copper is.
I have already pointed out in a very recent article, China and Russia are hooked on gold and are amassing as much as possible for their post-collapse monetary dominance. It is very questionable if the United States has enough gold to feed its monetary system in the future and in consequence keep the current living standards up for Americans.