Are we still pissed at North Korea?
The subject has seen little air time in the last week or so….so what is up with the Korean Peninsula?
The rhetoric between the US and NK has gone to the limits without much action….but what does all this bravado signify?
North Korea once again captured the world’s attention when it boldly warned that it is ready to fire missiles over Japan toward the U.S. territory of Guam. The unusually specific and unacceptable North Korean declaration rattled governments in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington. But Pyongyang’s real target is not Guam, but to ensure it remains at the centre of the conversation. In this it has been significantly aided and abetted by U.S. President Donald Trump, who took with gusto to the unwise practice of trading direct threats with the Kim Jong-un regime.
As a person that has studied Conflict management and resolution I always like to see it when someone puts forth an idea for a settlement of a conflict that does not involve the use of force.
I recently read a piece in Geopolitical Futures that covers what a possible agreement between US-NK may look like…..
It’s a toss-up whether the United States and North Korea will sue for peace or opt for war. Still, there appears to be interest on both sides in easing tensions. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has even intimated a possibility for direct talks. Informal talks have taken place for the past few months, of course, but these would have clearer imperatives: that Pyongyang not fire missiles at Guam and that the United States reduce the amount of military exercises it holds with South Korea. But is it even possible to reach a settlement on the terms they want?
The U.S. demand is easy to state but difficult to implement. It wants North Korea to reverse course on its nuclear weapons program. Merely halting the progress Pyongyang has already made would enable North Korea to resume development at a later date. In fact, earlier agreements fell apart because they neglected to include such a provision, and so the North Koreans were able to pick up exactly where they left off. Hence the current crisis.
I think that diplomacy should always be any first step when dealing with a conflict that could go from bad to worse in a flash.