Situation on the Korean Peninsula and sustainable security of Northeast Asia

LIU Jiangyong1

(1.Institute of International Studies, Tsinghua University )

【Abstract】At the beginning of 2016, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted the fourth nuclear test, and the scale of joint military exercises of the United States (US) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) expanded correspondingly. As a result, the “spastic tension” of the Korean Peninsula re-emerged, casting a shadow over the security of Northeast Asia. It is difficult to anticipate whether the Resolution 2270 approved by the United Nations Security Council can promote the DPRK to return to the “six-party talk.” The US attempt of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in ROK has been firmly opposed by China and Russia, adding to the complication and uncertainties of security and geopolitics in Northeast Asia. The key to the DPRK nuclear issue is that both the US and the DPRK firmly believe that the nuclear balance of terror is the only way to peace and national security. However, this logic has frustrated denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In the event of war, the entire Peninsula will face a catastrophe. At this critical point of history, relevant countries should establish the concept of sustainable security and seek new efforts. The possible way of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a peaceful and stable future might be building a security community featured with common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

【Keywords】 Korean Peninsula; security of Northeast Asia; denuclearization; sustainable security; THAAD system;


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CN: 22-1180/C

Vol 25, No. 03, Pages 3-14+127

May 2016


Article Outline



  • 1 How to view the current situation of the Korean Peninsula
  • 2 The Danger of worsening security of Northeast Asia
  • 3 The need of Northeast Asia to seek a new direction for sustainable security
  • References