Rick Perry: Hey, Let’s Reunify Korea!
Rick Perry appears to be the first Presidential candidate to comment on the death of Kim Jong-il, and it would appear he didn’t give it much thought:
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the death of Kim Jong II:
“The death of vicious dictator Kim Jong Il provides some cause for hope but does not automatically end the reign of inhumane tyranny he and his father constructed. Twenty-three million people still live under North Korea’s isolationist, inhumane and tyranical policies. North Korea remains a nuclear power, and there is a great threat that those weapons might fall into the wrong hands if civil war breaks out.
“At the same time, Jong’s death is an opportunity to reunify the peninsula if the situation is handled effectively. Kim Jong-un is an unknown quantity, and may not be able to maintain power. The United States must now strongly reaffirm our commitment to Asian allies, particularly South Korea, and maintain a strong military, diplomatic, and economic presence in the Pacific region during this period. We should also engage with China, and encourage Beijing to work towards a peaceful transition from a grim dictatorship to a free Korea.”
As much as the end of the Kim dictatorship is something we can all agree on, the idea of Korean unification is so far down the road, and such a reckless idea to suggest at this point in time, that it’s barely worth discussing. Korean reunification would make German reunification seem like a cakewalk, and that took at least ten years to balance itself out. Suffice it to say it’s not really on South Korea’s radar at the moment. Not to mention the fact that the Chinese are going to have something to say about this.
Via Jazz Shaw on Twitter