IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS ON ENTITIES ENGAGING IN MALIGN ACTIVITIES WITH NK GOOD IDEA
"NORMAL" JAPAN TO ENHANCE THE US STRATEGIC GOAL IN NORTHEAST ASIA
SK OUGHT TO JOIN QUAD AS A COMMITTED PARTNER OF THE US-SK ALLIANCE
CHINA WON'T COME TO DEFEND SK AGAINST NK'S ATTACK
THE "PEACE" VISION TO TRIGGER OPCON TRANSITION AND UNC DISMANTLEMENT
THE SK MILITARY NOT A MATCH TO THE NK MILITARY
THE "FOUNDING PRINCIPLES" OF SK ABOUT TO COLLAPSE
The nuclear and missile arsenals of NK a significant national asset of the Korean Peninsula?
MOON'S "PEACE" NOT ACHIEVABLE WITHOUT "JUSTICE"
THE BLUE HOUSE TURNED INTO A RED HOUSE
Washington, D.C. October 26, 2020 (ICAS) — A thirteenth new poll conducted by the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) continues to identify issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula from a national security standpoint of the U.S.
Conducted to an ICAS audience on the Hill, the poll shows that the respondents continue to hope South Korea (SK) to remain a key partner in the Indo-Pacific Theater, but that they are skeptical of President Moon and his “peace initiative”.
100% of respondents believe that strengthening the US's commitment and resolve for diplomacy, defense, development and democracy would enhance American leadership in Asia vis-a-vis the rise of China.
In that regard, more than 94% of the respondents think it would be a good idea to impose restrictions on certain companies, corporations and their executives for their malign activities with NK.
Similarly, 83% of the respondents view that a "normal" Japan would enhance the strategic goal of the US in Northeast Asia.
94% are of the view that SK ought to join the QUAD - a presumptive security alliance among Australia, Japan, India, and the US in the Indo-Pacific Theatre - as a committed partner of the US-SK Alliance. An overwhelming majority of the respondents (86%) do not believe China would come to defend SK in a contingency when NK attacks SK.
The respondents continue to be skeptical of President Moon and his “peace initiative”.
More than 74% of the respondents view that President Moon's "peace" vision in the Korean Peninsula would include an "OpCon transition" and, subsequently, dismantling of the UNC (United Nations Command). 23% do not think so.
57% of the respondents do not think the SK military in toto (i.e., arsenals, leadership, manpower, morale, training, who is enemy?, will to fight) is a credible and strong enough match to the NK military as a whole at this juncture, while 43% think so.
Slightly more than a simple majority of the respondents (51%) think a fast-evolving geopolitical dynamics in Northeast Asia might engender circumstances leading to a potential collapse of the "Founding Principles" promulgated in the Constitution of SK. 46% do not think so.
The respondents are evenly split (46%, respectively) on the question of whether the incumbent administration of SK may quietly consider the nuclear and missile arsenals of NK a significant national asset of the Korean Peninsula.
83% of the respondents believe President Moon's "peace" would not be achievable in the Korean Peninsula without "justice" being secured.
66% of the respondents are of the view that the Blue House of SK may have turned into a Red House.
The survey was conducted from October 8, 2020 to October 19, 2020 via email with a moderate credibility interval. Supplemental graphic data are available on www.icasinc.org/strategy.html.
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