By Michael Wesley
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However, energy security is at the heart of the problem as North Korea is critically lacking in energy and the credibility to receive energy aid from the US. In the past the US has stated that it is not willing to participate in energy aid to North Korea offered by other members of the six nation talks – the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, and Russia – until there is a complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of the North’s nuclear program. This reflects the US position that it ‘can not accept another partial solution that does not deal with the entirety of the problem, allowing North Korea to threaten others continually with a revival of its nuclear program’ (Kelly, 2004).
In other words, the handling of energy issues will likely reflect the overall state of various Asian bilateral relationships rather than fundamentally shaping them. The trajectories of the foreign and security policies of key Asia–Pacific countries will also be shaped by energy concerns on their part. But barring any unexpected, sudden and dramatic developments, these trajectories will not veer off course. It is clear that China, Japan and even India are now, for a variety of reasons, becoming more activist in their foreign and security policies.
5 Although Kent Calder presented a rather pessimistic picture of the region and suggested that the US could play the role of modifier, other analysts, such as Robert Manning have presented a more sanguine picture while also recognizing rising competition and the potential for conflict (Jaffe, 2001a). Resource-starved Japan Japan does not have a single major developed oil field, and therefore depends on outside suppliers for almost all of its oil. Most imports are from the Persian Gulf (Kojima, 2005).
Energy Security in Asia (Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series) by Michael Wesley