This picture taken on August 11, 2017 and released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 12, 2017 shows North Korean youths and workers and trade union members holding a rally to protest the UN Security Council’s “sanctions resolution” at the Youth Park Open-Air theatre in Pyongyang.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)Tina J. She is also a co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and vice-president of the NATO Association of Canada. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, specializing in Canadian-Korean relations.The escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea over the past two weeks have left many quite anxious, including those of us in Canada.President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” warning to Pyongyang, in particular, epitomized how quickly tensions could escalate in a matter of hours.President Moon Jae-In and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha—the first woman to hold the position and who brings her extensive United Nations background to the job—are both fully committed to pursuing a diplomatic policy of engagement with North Korea, as Moon’s recent speech in Berlin demonstrated.While the latest escalation of tensions has found South Korea calling for a full reform of its defence industry and installing additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile defence units, Moon’s personal commitment to diplomatic solutions should be taken seriously.South Korea is Canada’s seventh-largest trading partner, and the two-way trade is valued at more than billion.More than a million people travel between Canada and South Korea every year.
In addition to advancing joint capabilities, it sent a clear signal that the Royal Canadian Navy is fully committed to improving interoperability with the Republic of Korea Navy in the Asia-Pacific region.Any form of attack with conventional weapons would have devastating consequences within half an hour, and human costs of war on the Korean peninsula—coupled with the economic and commercial consequences and geopolitical instability—is something that nobody can afford.