Calamity in the Making
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) recently conducted a nuclear test that shook the international community. Where its actions are worrying South Korea, the United States and China are also, understandably, concerned about DPRK’s future. These tests are an outright denial of United Nations orders and the IAEA is preparing to impose sanctions over DPRK’s misconduct. The diverging views of regional neighbors who could stand united against DPRK gave Kim Jong-un the opportunity to go ahead with his radical plans.
The United States is anxiously try- ing to bring the DPRK to the negotiating table where President Obama has called for its de-nuclearization at the earliest. The U.S. has safety concerns as DPRK’s safety standards rank last in the list of countries with nuclear capabilities. President Obama might use brute force if the country does not abide by the rules laid out by the U.S. and the UN. If the stability of Southeast Asia is uncertain with DPRK’s rebellious behavior, then a possible nuclear proliferation also puts the safety of the world in jeopardy. The U.S. should act now to avert any damage that North Korea might cause. The nuclear tests have put the Korean Peninsula under pressure, as South Korea is anxious over the economic blow it might face if North Korea were to collapse.
Even with DPRK showing aggression in its actions and words, the U.S. maintained a soft corner when it proposed to send food items to North Korea. However, the U.S. was compelled to show resentment when it still decided to go about with its nuclear objectives.
Parker Robinson Washington, USA