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2016-09-13 15:11:51

A rogue state: North Korea’s war mania and US diplomatic failure

 

North Korea says it has successfully carried out its fifth nuclear test, in continued defiance of UN resolutions. A 5.3 magnitude tremor had earlier been detected near its nuclear test site. South Korea believes it is the North’s biggest-ever test, raising fears it has made significant nuclear advances. South Korean President Park Geun-hye called it an act of “self-destruction” showing the “maniacal recklessness” of leader Kim Jong-un. The US warned of “serious consequences”. China’s foreign ministry said Beijing was resolutely opposed to the test and urged North Korea to avoid further action that would worsen the situation. The United States believes, North Korea is seeking to perfect its nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles so they can hold the region and the world hostage under threat of nuclear strike. However, independent experts say to carry out nuclear attack, North Korea would need to miniaturize its warheads so that they can be fitted on a missile for delivery and there are reasonable doubts about claims of the Pyongyang regarding its ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons. However, the speed with which North Korea is modernizing its nuclear and missile programme through indigenous research and development could one day present formidable threat. However, the question arises as to why the United States and its allies not taking the threat seriously. Their entire focus has been on tightening sanctions against the impoverished country, which is already under five sets of UN sanctions. There were plenty of opportunities in the past when North Korean leadership expressed its willingness to talk to the world on its nuclear programme subject to lifting of sanctions and provision of necessary economic assistance. The collaborative approach would have been effective but regrettably the United States preferred to hurl threats on North Korea aggravating the situation further. The plan to install anti-missile defence system in the South by the United States also evoked concerns in the North. While South Korea and Japan might have legitimate concerns over nuclear movements in the neighbourhood, there is also urgent need to resolve the problem through constructive engagement with the North aimed at addressing its concerns as well.

 

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