The mid-twentieth century was a time of unprecedented global unrest. Instability in Europe due to the Second World War and the stifling tension between the United States and the Soviet Union due to the Cold War could be felt in every part of the world, the United Nations was relatively young, and it was under these fragile circumstances that a war broke out between two halves of a whole. The communist Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, supported by the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, invaded its Southern counterpart, the Republic of Korea, effectively changing the lives of millions of South Korean people almost overnight. Communism versus capitalism, the Soviet Union supporting the North versus the United States supporting the South, and Koreans against their own are just some factors of this diabolical conflict.
Simulating the historic crisis cabinet of North Korea at this point in time as the infamous Premier, Kim Il Sung, is a highly complex task. With an experience of over twenty MUN conferences, the person achieving this feat is Saatvik Jha. Taking some time out from planning to decimate the ‘bigoted’ Republic of Korea, he sat down with interviewer Kesshni Bhasiin from The Chosun Ilbo to answer a few questions, about himself and, of course, the heavily criticised North Korean ideology.
Journalist: When did you start participating in MUNs and what inspired you to do so?
Director: My MUN journey began three years ago with the intra-school Sanskriti MUN. This beginning was inspired by Aman, the ex-secretary general of SMUN. Also, to be honest, wearing a suit from time to time didn’t exactly hurt.
Journalist: Considering that three years is a very long time, what have some of your most memorable MUN moments been?
Director: This is my twenty fourth MUN, and over the years, I have had countless memorable experiences. Honestly, there are far too many to recount, but one which does occasionally stand out is from the first committee I chaired. I have heard several bizarre solutions, but in this particular committee, there was a delegate who wished to aid a tsunami-stricken Philippines by conducting air strikes on Pakistan, and even today, I fail to understand his reasoning or lack thereof behind this.
Journalist: What is your favourite part about the whole experience that comes with each conference?
Director: One of my favourite things about an MUN is the fact that it is a highly enabling platform, and gives a great opportunity for teenagers to learn a lot more than what is taught in the confines of a classroom. However, that being said, this platform is far from perfect, and is highly convoluted, especially in Delhi, and a lot can be done to improve the experience.
Journalist: Moving towards your present committee- Even after losing 9,000 troops, do you, as the North Korean Premier, believe that an ideological difference is enough ground for waging such a large-scale war?
North Korean Premier, Kim Il Sung: Oh yes! An ideological difference as potent as communism versus capitalism is most certainly fair ground for waging this war. I strongly believe that the Republic of Korea is bigoted in its beliefs that it can secure dominance by means of its fickle and imported ideologies.
With reference to our history, the Korean Peninsula was colonized by Imperial Japan, and it saddens me beyond belief that one half of our people are actually looking to adopt the polluted principles of these ex- colonizers.
Journalist: If and when unification of the Peninsula is achieved, do you not think that there will be a strong anti-communist sentiment in the hearts of the South Korean people as a result of the brutality that this war has brought upon them? How do you, as Kim Il Sung, propose to tackle this?
North Korean Premier, Kim Il Sung: Yes, there will most certainly be such a sentiment. However, it is my belief that a successful and peaceful unification can be achieved after some sort of a compromise is reached between the North and the South. This compromise will not be solely on our part, the Republic of Korea will also have to co-operate to the best of its capacity.
Journalist: As the director of the Joint Crisis Committee (DPRK), how do feel committee has progressed and what are your expectations from the delegates?
Director: The committee is not the best simulation I have attended, but it is certainly not the worst, by a long shot. As for my expectations, I don’t have any as such. I want committee to continue progressing at the rapid pace that it has, and we should hopefully be able to achieve our goal of uniting the Peninsula.