North Korea is only seeking recognition
The situation on the Korean peninsula is getting increasingly dangerous now that North Korea has tested a hydrogen device that can be fitted on its intercontinental missiles. It’s time for a new approach to defuse the risk of a nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea, which would cause millions of casualties in South Korea as well.
The Korean War ended with only an armistice between the two Koreas and no peace treaty. Therefore, the first step should be a peace agreement to be negotiated and guaranteed by the United Nations, with no involvement by the U.S. or any other country.
Since the Korean War, North Korea has been branded as a pariah, especially by the U. S. and South Korea. Decades of attempts by the U. S. to rein in Pyongyang’s military aspirations through negotiations have failed. Furthermore, squeezing the country with financial and commercial sanctions, like the latest rounds planned by the Trump administration, will not deter North Korea from continuing to develop increasingly lethal weapons. Incidentally, the implementation of such severe sanctions would create havoc in international trade and severely hurt the U. S. economy.
Knowing fully well that a war with the United States would completely destroy its country, North Korea has no desire to initiate a military conflict.
Its saber- rattling and rhetorical threats are likely to be essentially defensive. What the nation really wants is full international recognition as a nuclear state — of which there are already several — and to take its place as a sovereign country on par with other nations. Admission into the U. N. as a full- fledged member should be conditioned on Pyongyang’s signature of the nuclear nonproliferation pact.
Short of the above scenario, the current dangerous situation could escalate to a point of no return. OLE GEISE. RICHMOND.