Calamity in the Mak­ing

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

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

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