O último líder da União Soviética publicou ontem um artigo no New York Times sobre a Coreia do Norte.
No dia em que Pyongyang anunciou ao mundo que tinha realizado o segundo teste nuclear, Mikhail Gorbachev estava de visita à Zona Desmilitarizada, do lado Sul.
Em resumo, Gorbachev escreve que é preciso resistir à tentação de entrar num conflito armado com a Coreia do Norte.
“Don’t make it worse” é o título deste artigo, em jeito de apelo:
News of the nuclear test in North Korea on May 25 came while I was visiting the demilitarized zone on the Korean Peninsula. I had been invited to the inauguration ceremony for a peace bell on the 38th parallel — the truce line where the hostilities between North and South Korea ceased in 1953.
At a press conference that morning and in my private discussions, the breaking news naturally topped the agenda.
(…) The art of politics is not to turn a problem into a threat and a threat into an armed conflict. This becomes clear when one visits the region and talks to the people who are directly affected by this situation. They are right when they say we must leave no stone unturned in seeking to resume dialogue — one that one day may solve this and other problems in the region.