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The North Korea Threat Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Jide Keye, Nigeria Aug 27, 2003
Human Rights , Peace & Conflict   Opinions


The United States Defence secretary in the Bill Clinton administration, William Perry, recently alerted the world of a possibility of war between America and North Korea before the end of this year as the necessary conclusion for their nuclear row.

Since the alarm, events occurred that alerted the peace equation of the world. Recently there was an exchange of bullets between North Korea and South Korea across the demilitarised zone. It was the first exchange of fire since the end of the Korean War since in 1953 and it signified that a crises is brewing that will involved deadlier weapon than bullets.

North Korea is yet to be proved, that advancing its programme to build miniaturised nuclear weapons. Both North Korean and United States are maintaining a bellicose attitude over a matter, which most observers see as not intractable. The disagreement is not beyond dialogue in spite of North Korea’s claim that it has converted enough plutonium from spent nuclear fuel rods and the fear of the United States and South Korea that North Korea will test a nuclear weapon before the end of this year.
Diplomats have been trying to mediate for peaceful resolution between these countries. President Bush abandoned dialogue in 2001, which was initiated by Clinton’s administration.

As things are now, these countries poised for war, which nobody can predict how it will end and how is going to affect the face of the earth both physically and politically. The United states having stretched his military thin round the globe and North Korea’s cash-strapped economy makes it to procure the nuclear weapons from it, the nuclear weapons from it, the repercussions of this possible war look grimmer.

North Korea is a country where half of the population is crying of hunger. Yet its leader KIM JONG 11, who inherited power from his father, wants to plunge his massively indoctrinated people into war.

From my own point of view, the war is about more because of ego than reason and the whole world should move against them. Both countries are headed in wrong direction; North Korea should be about feeding its people adequately, Americans should show an attitude of compromise and in dialogue with the North Koreans. North Koreans feels that Americans is pressuring and isolating them. So what concessions are there to make? Is the republican administration too sets in his ways to consider other means of solving the problems other than going to war?

A war with the North Koreans by the United States may not be a walkover by Iraqi campaign for these reasons.
1. There is the unfamiliar terrain to contend with in North Koreans.
2. There is no absolute knowing the level of advancement of the North Koreans arsenal and their desperation.
3. Other hapless countries that may suffer untold hardship as a result such an unnecessary encounter.

In conclusion, the whole world should move against the threatened holocaust. Both America and North Koreans must be made to dialogue by all the interested parties, especially the United Nations. China has done well to try to bring the two sides together but the negotiation should not be left to China alone and it is not exactly a disinterested mediator. It fought on the side of the North Koreans in the Koreans war of 1950-53 and is their closest ally, even now.



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The Reason and Result of War
Bram Stone | Jan 9th, 2004
North Korea hasn't always been on the starving, third world list. Starvation is a result of poor leadership, just like Iraq. However, unlike Iraq, we have no knowing if North Korea has any weapons at all. But can we risk it? The North Korean government may simply be using the threat to gain ground in negotiations. It is doubtfull that North Korea has weapons, after all it's almost like South Africa getting to the moon. However if the leardership is similar to that of Iraq it is likely that they may have what they claim to have. Why else then would they allow inspectors into their nuclear facilities? North Korea wants food, but the North Korean government wants power. Their is also a low chance of securing the weapons through negotiations, and we can't risk war with the threat of nuclear weapons in our face. So, what can we do? The Bush Administration will no doubt try to go to war, but hopefully they won't be that predictible.

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