JAKARTA – Tears hatch from a man when South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a historic deal this Friday. This man was a person for twenty years tirelessly seeking a dialogue between the two brothers but the enemy.
Almost 18 years after Suh Hoon, a South Korean intelligence official, visited Pyongyang to persuade then the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to end the unprecedented summit in the North Korean capital in 2000, he watched Kim’s pledge a peace promise in Korean peninsula on Friday, this time it was delivered to the south of the military-guarded border area.
That Friday is the first time a North Korean leader has set foot on South Korea since the 1950-1953 Korean War that has divided Korea into two technically still wartime states.
The milestone came less than a year after South Korean President Moon liberal came to power and immediately chose Suh as head of the National Intelligence Service on the grounds that this man was the right person to revive the tense two Korean ties over North Korea’s nuclear missile ambitions .
“It is premature to discuss the next inter-Korean meeting,” Suh told reporters last year after being appointed as the country’s intelligence chief. He had retreated from the intelligence agency in 2008 when the conservative government ruled in Corsela. “But we need that meeting.”
Suh, who personally assisted the meeting of two previous Korean leaders in 2000 and 2007, is considered to be North Korea’s chief expert. He is known as South Korea’s most series of meet with the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Lee Jong-seok, a former unification minister who visited Pyongyang with Suh in 2003 as South Korean President’s then special envoy Roh Moo-hyun, called Suh the “Number One Negotiator with North Korea” in his memoirs in 2014.
Suh, 64, who had lived in North Korea for two years in the late 1990s, was involved in plans to build a nuclear reactor as part of a 1994 international agreement to freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal finally collapsed.
“He came by first knowing how negotiations work and what to do, and Moon gives him a firm political guidance,” said John Delury, a North Korean expert at Yonsei University in Seoul.
The Presidential Palace of South Korea declined to comment on Suh’s role, while the intelligence service could not be reached for comment on Suh.
In March, he became part of a 10-member delegation who visited Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, becoming one of the Selaran Korean officials who met Kim since coming to power in late 2011 following the death of his father.
At the meeting, Kim not only agreed to meet with Moon but also shocked Suh and other South Korean delegates that he was willing to discuss denuclearization with US President Donald Trump. This statement became a bodyguard for plans to bring together two unprecedented leaders of two countries that may be held in late May or early June.
Suh then set up US intelligence boss Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un from March 31 to April 2, and set out a framework for the US and North Korean summit plans, US officials said.
Pompeo, who is now US secretary of state, has created a good relationship with Kim and their encounter is very gentle, Trump said.
“I think humanity networks are deeply involved in organizing these meetings,” Moon Hong-sik, a researcher at the National Security Strategy Institute in Seoul, said.
Moon insists that Suh is not only partly linked to Pompeo, but also to Kim Yong Chol who is the former head of the North Korean intelligence service and now affairs inter-Korean relations.
Suh is one of two officials selected by Moon to join a dialogue with Kim Jong Un who was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Chol.
Seo Yu-suk, a researcher at the North Korean Institute of Studies in Seoul, has an important phrase for Suh that the main North Korean intelligence figures have become very prominent in the meeting as an actor whose role is crucial in the two Korean meetings.
Source : Antara