War threat dissipates

|     James Kon     |

BRUNEIANS can heave a sigh of relief as threatening war clouds gradually dissipate over the Korean Peninsula.

The Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Cho Won-myung yesterday reassured Bruneian parents on the safety of their children currently studying in the Republic of Korea, saying that the possibility of a war is quite low despite the growing tension between North Korea and the US.

“Most experts have commented that there is very low possibility of a war breaking out in the Korean Peninsula. In my observation, Trump’s remarks in recent days have put further pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes,” the envoy said.

There are some 85 Bruneian students currently studying in Korea who are either on exchange programmes, under Korean Government scholarship or on private funding.

“I can read that leaders of both China and the US prefer a peaceful resolution instead of using force in order to resolve the nuclear and ballistic missile issue,” the Korean Ambassador told the Bulletin.

Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Cho Won-myung
Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Cho Won-myung

Although the Korean Peninsula is currently shrouded in high tension, it’s highly unlikely that a war will break out, he said.

He also pointed out that the spokesman at the Ministry of Defence of Korea has highlighted that without consultation or agreement between South Korea and US, no action will be taken.

“For several decades, there has been tension in the Korean Peninsula which has seen ups and downs. As we have experienced high tensions on several occasions, the government of Korea has readied contingency plans including for evacuation of foreigners,” the envoy noted.

There are more than 450 Koreans currently staying in Brunei, an increase compared to 2014 when there were 180 Koreans residing in the country. The increase in numbers is attributed to the various projects undertaken by Korean construction company Daelim in the Sultanate.