With a potential conflict looming, North Korea has the need to get a little bit of good press out there to the world. They’ve traditionally resisted any interference by the United Nations, believing them to be a conspiracy by the United States and other hostile “forces.”
Now, however, they’re changing their tune:
North Korea has agreed to a visit by the U.N. expert on the human rights of people with disabilities, the United Nations said on Thursday, a minor concession after years of criticism of Pyongyang’s record from the U.N. Human Rights Council. The visit by Catalina Devandas-Aguilar will be the first ever to North Korea by an independent expert designated by the Council, a 47-state body that is pushing for justice for crimes against humanity it says have been committed.
North Koreans have traditionally acted very poorly toward the UN, even causing a scene at meetings they attended. All of this comes on the heels of their making the entire world nervous with their missile tests.
So what does this mean for the North Korean people or anyone who is concerned for them? Probably not much. Unfortunately, while the UN experts will be let into the country, we are still at an impasse if any changes are to be made. Either the non-cooperative Kim Jong-un has to make those changes to improve the lives of his people, or someone has to force him out.
War should always be plan Z on the list of ways to solve a problem, but there are lives of millions at stake, and it’s going to take a lot more than just a visit from some diplomats to fix the problem. Hopefully, this really is progress and not just a delaying tactic to try to keep the U.S. pacified.
(H/T: Red State Watcher)