Ananya Jain of Komsomolskaya Pravda writes for JCC: ROK Cabinet.
Day 1 shot off with the news that Syngman Rhee was disappointed with his ministers and wanted South Korea, which was in a state of havoc on account of the North Korean attack, to be in control of the reins in the Korean Peninsula. With newfound determination, the delegates began debating on ways to avert the current situation in South Korea. Quoting the Minister of Intelligence, “What does USA have that USSR doesn’t? Nuclear power”. He claimed that it was not his intention to use the weapons, citing his general concern for humanity as the reason, but merely meant to “threaten” the North Koreans.
This revelation comes as a bombshell, as not too long after, the Minister of Transport stated that they must send their forces from the Pusan area to Jeju Islands and “use any means, be it killing off people or putting them in war camps” to gain the upper hand. Prior to this, a crisis update informed the committee that a group of people were chanting slogans in support of the leader of the Labour Party of Korea. Due to a shortage of troops, North Korea could either choose to protect the Pusan perimeter or nullify the situation at Jeju, putting their only source of sustenance at risk. Thankfully, the UN Ambassador responded to the statement made by the Minister of Transport by stating that the delegate “will support the right war”. “Killing off” civilians, as the delegate had so eloquently put it, is against the very mandate of the UN.
What tangles the messy web that North Korea has landed itself in is the fact that support from USA, its strongest ally and only hope, is uncertain. What’s worse, the US Ambassador was clueless for the better half of the day, and even went so far as to state that “I am actually unaware of what is happening right now”.
In the face of all this uncertainty, the only thing certain is the fact that what seems like cold war as of now, may turn into a heated one with global power play and unspeakable atrocities. It is imperative to recognise the ulterior motives of the various factors at play. The most concerning aspect is that these factors are greater in number than what meets the eye, and even more ruthless.
Is the South Korean cabinet going to arrive at feasible solutions, or is it just chasing shadows? Only time can tell.