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North Korea: Give a break



by Francois Ducrotté

Back in the days of the Japanese occupation between 1910 and 1945, the ones who resisted the Japanese were the Koreans from the North. Let’s give a break to the one who did not collaborate, the mysterious and dangerous North Koreans.

Since then, apart from the miraculous stories about Kim’s family/dynasty, the image of North Koreans and North Korea is no longer positive.

For the last 60 years, North Korea is used to ramp up tensions in the region (sometimes responding to US/SK military exercises) and lately, the pressure is taking an extreme form. However, you can read hundreds of articles on this issue, no one believes in military interventions or the use of nuke.

Yes, North Korea can inflict important damage to South Korea, Japan and maybe the USA. Yes, North Korea is developing a warhead. Yes, North Korea is a threat. However, any attack from the North would take the form of a suicide.

Let’s just raise a question; what is the other solution than developing a nuke when you have no other capability to develop international dissuasion? The USA used the nuclear threat towards North Korea for 60 years, legitimately reinforced in 2001 with North Korea being part of the “Axis of Evil” (G.W. Bush).

So, if any attacks or military interventions are unlikely, what would be the next issue?

Let’s try to solve the conflict with the powerful weapon of international relations and diplomacy, because no one tried for the last 60 years yet.

As a reminder, although we can notice the positive attitude of “keep trying”, the sanctions and resolutions from the United Nations are ineffective.

Major Powers in the region are gently asking the DPRK to drop their research or development of nuke against nothing really interesting in exchange. But, we are still surprised by an expected reaction.

Everybody is satisfied by the status quo, except maybe the starving North Koreans. This conflict lasts for 60 years and we are getting used to it.

Nobody wants a war, nobody wants to decrease tensions. I guess you already know the reasons; the presence of military troops in Asia, using North Korea as a buffer etc.

U.N. sanctions are not applied nor developed by major powers. Anyway, it seems difficult to apply them while China provides North Korea with 90% of its energy, 80% of its consumer goods, and 40% of its food.

There are two different approaches:

– “I have a dream”; the world can be better, isn’t it the purpose of the United Nations?

The U.S. and China could work together, especially since the already so-called visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry and the expression of shared goals between the two biggest powers.

There is a hope for China to develop multilateralism in the region where all Asian states would follow the great leadership of China, forgetting all historical conflicts.

– “The world is dark”; nothing will ever change because of a clear lack of willingness and fear.

The conflict is just a summary of what our society is; bipolar.


One comment on “North Korea: Give a break

  1. Muhammad Naeem

    A 60 year old malicious era should take a peaceful turn. South Korea should not allow remote powers to be annexed. The region should be provided chance to make their fortune. US on behalf of her allies always create hurdles for other countries. But please pause and ponder ” who are the sufferers ” ? The ultimate loosers are the masses of that region. Attacking humanity just to nourish big military complex is inverse development. One must always think about one’s contribution to humanity.

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