Policy Round Up: North Korea

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Shanel Adams
Shanel Adams Shanel Adams is an editorial assistant with GlobalPolicy.tv. She is a public relations major, political science minor at Howard University originally from Detroit. Shanel is passionate about poverty alleviation and political participation.

North Korea had the attention of Americans after threatening to bomb several U.S. cities. Kim Jong Un, North Korean ruler, announced his potential attack on the U.S. after the deployment of U.S. battalion in South Korea, a known adversary of North Korea. Some Americans laughed at the young ruler, while other panicked at the thought of an attack. As North Korea continues to be the topic of conversation this week, let’s see what experts have written on the subject.

Yoon Young-kwan believes the issues with North Korea should be handled through diplomacy: 

“Indeed, North Korea’s behavior has since become even more volatile. Its sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in 2010 were unprecedented, and raised inter-Korean tensions to their highest level in decades. Today, following the North’s third nuclear test, we seem to have entered the most precarious stage yet, with the regime declaring that it will never surrender its nuclear option. So, what should be done? The first option should be deterrence of further aggression through diplomacy.”

Read the full article in Project Syndicate.

Sun Ru shares that the U.S. and China should come together to deal with issue surrounding North Korea:

“As far as denuclearization is concerned, China and the U.S. have common interests. In the past decade, they stuck to shared positions and agreed to impose sanctions when North Korea launches nuclear tests. Resolution 2094 is the first time that they have agreed to include much more severe and mandatory clauses. Given that China-U.S. cooperation on the nuclear issue was not as effective as it was during the second Bush term, and given China’s preference for “soft” measures, the cooperation on Resolution 2094 appears extraordinary.”

Read the full article in China US Focus.

Scott Snyder indicates North Korea is known for announcing attacks that never happen:

“In some respects, we have seen this movie before. North Korea has long used its bluff and bluster as a form of self-defense to keep potential enemies off guard, to strengthen internal political control, magnify external threats to promote national unity, and to symbolically express dissatisfaction when international trends are not going its way.”

Read the full article in IE International Relations Blog.


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