“To Calm Korean Waters” by Leon V. Sigal

My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow Dr. Stan Weeks for bringing this article to my attention.

Leon V. Sigal, Director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council, an independent, not-for-profit international organization based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has written a commentary published on Friday, 27 May, by the Boston Globe and by the on-line discussion forum Nautilus.  You can read the article here.

Mr. Sigal provides more insight into the contentious nature of the North Limiting Line and the islands occupied by South Korea but claimed by North Korea.  Sigal also recounts previous failed attempts to coerce North Korea and recommend a resumption of the ‘six-party talks’ and starting a once promised but recently derailed set of talks on the maritime dimensions of the Korean peace talks. Sigal does state, “North Korean acceptance of responsibility for sinking the [ROKS] Cheonan would be a suitable starting point.”