How Should the International Community Respond to North Korea's Recent Actions?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 29, 2009
UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

The recent actions of North Korea run counter to the interest of regional peace and security and violate international law. The United States is working closely with colleagues on the UN Security Council to address this complex situation.

How should the international community respond to North Korea’s recent actions?

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Mark
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California, USA
May 29, 2009

Mark in California writes:

Engage our partners in Beijing and follow up with a Security Council resolution condemning the action.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
May 29, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

Resolving the Korean Crisis

Using my method of laughing gas and sand bags would save the Defense Department millions of dollars. Sanctions and Embargo of goods along with freezing his money accounts in banks, placing the country back on the axis of evil list. If I was the Secretary of Defense, I would place ONE AEGIS Cruiser in the area just to ensure we had the ability to shoot down his missiles. However, keeping in mind North Korean allies, we might also want to consider having an entire battlegroup at the ready, in case other countries try and get involved in this situation. A military option should be on the table to slow down his advancements in nuclear missile technolgy. There also should be restrictions placed on North Korea preventing them from purchasing Nuclear Devices, fuel or missiles and technology from other countries. I would think by the time he starts testing the long range missiles, Japan and United States should forge together on a Military Campaign that would intercept the missiles and destroy his Nuclear facility along with the launching pads. They should destroy everything that relates to missiles, nuclear power, and storage facilities where he is making these devices. I would include, they might want to drop a few sand bags on his beautiful palace, so the Midget Kim gets the message across that the International Community, will not be blackmaled while he lives like a king and his people suffer. Subsequently, fortifying South Korea in case there is a fallout from the North once his Nuclear program has been destroyed.

Jen
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Florida, USA
May 29, 2009

Jen in Florida writes:

Right now Kim Jong Ill can't reach the U.S.A. but are we going to wait, till he can? He is a sick, sick man..He is not Kim Jong Well! He has to be stopped! Sanctions do nothing..

Masood
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California, USA
May 29, 2009

Masood in California writes:

International community should take a serious action to the recent actions of North Korea. International blackmailing has to stop.

Bunmi
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New York, USA
May 29, 2009

Bunmi in New York writes:

Cautiously, apparently we have more to loose than them, their nation is already in pretty bad shape.

Theo
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Netherlands
May 30, 2009

Theo in the Netherlands writes:

Follow the situation, and be allert. N-Korea is not Irak. Make your statement and try with the help of China to calm the situation.

Rich
May 30, 2009

Rich writes:

Well, A "Bay of Pigs" invasion is not a good idea. CIA-based assassination project is risky.

If Kim wants electrical power, why not offer to assist in constructing alternative-based power generation facilities in some UN based program--it is not efficient, but that has not stopped these kinds of things before.

If he just wants to be the upstart PITA (which I think is his game). Why not a propaganda campaign to his countrymen and some commodity delivery systems to get the people of N Korea some relief.

Markus
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Texas, USA
May 30, 2009

Markus in Texas writes:

The International Community should be serious about putting extreme pressure on China to crack down on North Korea. In a world where there is so much hope for non-proliferation, we cannot afford to allow rogue nations to develop and stock these arms. If China wants to be a superpower then they must show that they can handle the responsibilities of a superpower.

Susan
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Florida, USA
May 30, 2009

Susan in Florida writes:

Is China really going to help us with North Korea, or will they just sit back and wait for the outcome? Am I being too cynical or is anyone else sceptical of China's position in all of this? Yes, I realize that we, China and the U.S., are intertwined economically, but do we really believe that China cares about our situation with North Korea? Does it work out better for China not to help us resolve our problems with North Korea? I, for one, am not very optimistic that China will support us.

Peter
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California, USA
May 30, 2009

Peter in California writes:

Take a lesson from Nixon. He did right by the world in making the first move to bring China into the arena, even if it wasn't a popular move in the world's eyes. Send a diplomat to see what needs to be done for international cooperation. My move would be to go there and specifically not talk about the nuclear issue. Go there on the basis of opening trade with N. Korea, or establishing educational exchange programs.

Dusan
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Serbia
May 30, 2009

Dusan in Serbia writes:

As in all dictatorships, the people of N. Korea is neither fully aware of what's going on, nor asked for their opinion on any political issue. The International community is tired of being blackmailed by Kim Jung Il constantly. "If you give us oil and food, we will stop threating the world". The U.S. and its alies should bring that to an end. If the ... Read Moreworld let one lunatic achieve his goals on the brink of threat, all others will accept the same model. ... ... The world must be ruled by freedom and democracy, not by corrupted dictator regimes!!!

Mitch
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Washington, USA
May 30, 2009

Mitch in Washington writes:

I believe that it is necessary for the U.S. to be involved in guiding the solution to this problem. The risk to our antion, and the safety and security of the world, is too great to sit by and adopt a "wait and see" approach. I also feel that we may not initially need to bear the full burden of individual action in this matter. I would partner with China and other regional nations, preferring China to initially take the front role, in imposing economic and trade sanctions upon North Korea. Certainly we need to ensure that we could swiftly respond to any hostile launch.

Presuming that NK does need to increase electrical capacities, if NK ends their nuclear proliferation and destroys their capacity to build nuclear weapons, the U.S. and China should then enter into a collaborative effort to assist NK in designing and sighting of sustainable non-nuclear power plants.

Peter
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Florida, USA
May 30, 2009

Peter in Florida writes:

I could only imagine if we were still under the old go in it alone attitude of the previous administration. Thank goodness, we have the current leadership in office! The move should be an international response, not just one nation. Diplomacy should always be used first!

Now with that said the international community does need to be quick, and resolved in their handling of North Korea's actions. This needs to be handled thoroughly. The international community cannot continue to have North Korea pull these actions to get everyone to the table to have small insignificant steps taken at a time. They have certain needs and continue to use these actions to get the attention of the world. This is almost child-like in the actions when you think about it. In this day in age, we cannot afford to keep playing these games with an unstable dictatorship! The rest of the world needs to step up the talks and take the necessary actions to put an end to this finally. I for one will be watching to see how this will be approached and handled.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
May 30, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

I believe there is a slight problem with China helping the United States resolve the current crisis. Think everyone knows that China has been a close ally of North Korea for a very long time. Besides, where has North Korea been getting this Nuclear and missile technology from?. Has anyone questioned where they have been buying or what they have been selling in the blackmarket sales or to rogue countries in the world?

Why are certain American Politicans running over the China getting support. I heard we owe 2 trillion dollars in trade debt to China, so why would they be eager to jump in and end this situation unless China itself felt threatened by North Korean Nuclear Capabilities.

The real future problems if the 2012 Predictions come true, China will be involved in a Major Conflict. It will be over energy (OIL) in the future. Which makes me think that China is trying to become a very big Super Power of the future as we speak. North Korea is peanuts compared to China.

Good day everyone!

Masood
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California, USA
May 30, 2009

Masood in California writes:

Iran tested a missile not long ago before North Korea. Missile testing sequel indicates a coordinated effort to impede United States progress in Iraq, and; U.S. forces up in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

UN Security Council will only be effective if international community is able to isolate North Korea and put direct pressure on China and Russia.

The challenge is bigger than North Korea therefore, extreme caution is important. As Secretary Clinton mentioned, the smart power!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 31, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

How would I respond?

Well the White house has said they think 'lil Kim is "seeking attention".

I recently described 'lil Kim as a "three year old having a nuclear temper tantrum."

And that's "seeking attention" I guess, so there's some basic agreement on this it seems.

Thing is, he's having a NUCLEAR temper tantrum and that sort of changes things.

I liked the laughing gas and sandbag idea, thing is, I want to rain on his parade in a serious way, not have him keel over with laughter at our response and accidentally hit the button...and I don't mean the one that says "reset".

He's China's little red headed stepchild and probematic to the max.

China cannot afford to give any shade to the heat coming 'lil Kim's way.

Right about now if I were Kim, I'd be putting on my spf 9000 rated sunscreen.

The future's so bright he always wears shades.

palgye
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South Korea
May 31, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to Sec Hillary Clinton.

North Korea`s want two point,

first is substantial approval from new Gov of USA (including, exist but invisible back influence`s identification)

second, everyones know, eternity of political power. eternity? everyones know, end of ....................

now, war is not essential to 6 parties and all.

how to solve this problem? in my think of this troblemaker

Will bolster the pride of the United States and will recognize with liberalization of North Korea with manpower from newly rising market will lead an authority and in supplier location of the thing cheap........................

above all,

When, acquittal of hostaging American news reporter, North Korea leader must polite apologize to American citizen. to citizen. and, promise to Promise of the "absolute" nuclear investigation which is thorough also, including progressive opening to the World.

i know, President and staff is very angry and embarrassment to this isolate contry? (South- Korea is not permit North Korea is contry). me too. but, i`m Korean, i`m not want war in this contry, again. in my think of nuclear is the last way of negotiation to new Gov of USA. (it seems, they want food and time - conducts the shock of opening)

yes, my think is very subjective and only just minor opinion, not a solving point. only just my`s

sorry, always i`m just "only saying", very hard helping our side. (can`t, yes, believe or not, it`s not "don`t")

from stupid palgye.

P.S i support Hillary Rodham Clinton

sincerely support Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
May 31, 2009

Anna in Washington, DC writes:

I'm afraid the road to Pyongyang goes through Beijing. The Chinese must see North Korea's actions as a threat to their own interests for any changes to happen in North Korea.

Zharkov
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United States
May 31, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

We should respond by opening trade discussions with North Korea, not sanctions. Kim Jong-il will not live much longer and there will be a new leader of the DPRK not too long from now. What we do in response to the alleged nuclear test will be remembered by the North Korean people long after Kim is gone.

North Korea probably needs nuclear power because it already invested so much in reactor technology and cannot afford to replace them with old fashioned polluting power stations, but it does not need nuclear weapons.

Is there a reason why we cannot offer Kim a better deal than President Kennedy offered Kruschev to resolve the Cuban nuclear missile crisis - a liberalization of trade plus a covenant against U.S. military attack on the DPRK in exchange for DPRK abandoning research on atomic weapons?

Ultimately, we will be bombing North Korea unless they stop, so why not put that in writing and see if they wish to avoid a war and improve their living conditions?

Alex
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United States
May 31, 2009

Alex in U.S.A. writes:

I think that we need to look at what is happening in Russia as well as with North Korea equally. As for North Korea, the people there are in great need and that needs to be addressed by the international community. The government of North Korea needs to be boldly confronted with all diplomatic approaches from all sides of the international communitiy to stifle it's nuclear ambitions. This is where we need to focus on the strength behind North Korea's recent increase..Russia. If diplomatic solutions can not be reached with the new Russian government and stability can not be established, we could see a real threat emerge as Russia tries to reestablish power in the eastern block.

As with all diplomatic endevours, we have to look at the needs of the people compared to the desires of the governments that lead them. That is the hardest challenge to balance the needs of the people, which in this case are great, and the power struggles of the governments for more control. In either case we must do what is best for "the people", to insure security and prosperity within their own regions, thusly leading to a safer environment for the world.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 31, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Nothing stupid about what you said Palgye.

I didn't mean to imply that 'lil Kim should be using "spf 9000 rated sunscreen" because anyone was about to declare war and nuke him. I don't think that's necessary, let alone desirable.

I suspect rather that he'll be "walking back from Palomas naked" very soon (diplomaticly speaking), in order to get back into the good graces of the international community.

Much to his own embarassment.

If there are any "cool heads" in North Korea that is...

Masood
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California, USA
May 31, 2009

Masood in California writes:

@ Anna in Washington, You are right!

Ron
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New York, USA
May 31, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

The United States must not pretend not to know what is going on in N. Korea. Pyonyang's Kim is deranged and a master criminal. He is a kidnapper, despot, counterfeiter, drugs and arms dealer, and a major threat domestically and throughout the region. A demonstration of USG skilled intel-ops is in order in this nuclear madness situation.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
May 31, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

A MILITARY OPTION SHOULD BE USED TO STOP NORTH KOREA, CONTINUE GIVING HIM AID, FOOD OR MONEY AND HE WILL ONLY ADVANCE AND DESTROY HUMAN LIVES "REMEMBER PEOPLE IT ONLY TAKES ONE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH WITH A NUCLEAR WEAPON FOR MILLIONS TO PERISH"

I get it NO Sandbagging or dropping laughing gas on North Korea. In short it was a joke. Except the sand bags. (Chuckle) However, I know the Geneva Convention would not approve of such tactics. I guess water boarding is out of the question as well. NO free weekend at Gitmo, Cuba all resevations have been cancelled. All the advisors that show on the news make me laugh, I mean there completely underestimating North Korea. I wonder if these same people will be on the news if or when North Korea launches a long range missile then says, "I didn't know" only by then Midget Kim might have put together the Nuclear device to the missile. Can the world wait and sit back and do nothing while Midget Kim advances and blackmales his neighbors?

I think by now everyone knows this is an International Test for the President of the United States, to see how he responds. So far nothing has happened other than the UNITED NATIONS getting together for a meeting.

There is an old saying "If you play with fire, you get burned" Keep playing with North Korea eventually a country in the world will feel the BURN. The man is serious, his threats are serious, in his mind he has already Declared War against the United Nations and the United States. I think when he launched those short missiles was to prove his point. He is preparing himself for WAR!!!

GOOD DAY!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 1, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Come to think of it,

...and I wish I hadn't and hope I'm wrong...but if Kim is ill ( which he looks to be on camera) and succession issue raised, perhaps the old man is throwing the ultimate "finger" at the civilized world on his way out, and is willing to take folks along for the ride in some glorious "tribute" to the reality of nuclear war he's created. That would cement his dismal legacy indeed.

Robert
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Ukraine
June 1, 2009

Robert in Ukraine writes:

Tough rhetoric, not back by action, only raises Kim Jong Il's hackles. Are the member states of the world community too divided to actually impose and enforce tough sanctions? Probably not.

This lack of cooperation and joint effort will result in more bloodshed. Most of the international community really won't care, until second and third order consequences affect them: A United States, fresh from a hard-won victory on the Asian landmass, and a reunited Korea, suffering under terrible costs in blood and treasure, but struggling to regain an important place in the world economy.

Are you ready to accept that?

Donald
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Virginia, USA
June 1, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

KEY ISSUES TO CONSIDER ABOUT NORTH KOREA DURING THIS CRISIS

I will include a list of things the world can impose on North Korea.

1. SANCTIONS

2. EMBARGO ON TRADE

3. PLACED ON THE AXIS OF EVIL LIST

4. ALL INTERNATIONAL MONEY, FREEZE HIS ACCOUNTS

5. FINED 1 BILLION DOLLARS FOR TESTING A NUCLEAR DEVICE

6. THE FINE SHOULD BE IMPOSED BECAUSE ONCE A NUCLEAR DEVICE IS TESTED, THE SHOCK WAVES CAUSE OTHER EARTHQUAKES TO HAPPEN AROUND THE WORLD, WHICH HAS DESTROYED HOMES AND EVEN LIVES.

7. I WILL LEAVE THE MILITARY OPTIONS FOR THE MILITARY LEADERS TO DECIDE.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
June 1, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

The following gets my vote for the Reality Check of the Week Award:

Sec. of Defense Robert Gates - Asian Security conference Speech:
http://tiny.cc/GWMaB

(Q & A session)
http://tiny.cc/czoht

Syrian P.
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Syria
June 1, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

There is nothing can be legislated or measure passed that will prevent counties like DPRK or Shia Iran from attaining Nuclear knowhow or weaponzing it for real. By their nature, these regimes are immune from world pressure, they don't really care, their own structural interests far out way pleasing others.

These countries maybe pursuing weaponization to resolve three factors, 1-insecurity and perceived detrimental threat for regime / national survival. 2- Geopolitical gains/ standing and 3- demanding respect and attention in the hope that this will accomplish all of it.

That is the theoretical thinking. But in real world today, even if they retained weoponized stock, none of the above factors will be achieved. Once the news headline faded, the flaming rhetoric disappeared, so as that limited time, marginal feeling of accomplishment will evaporates. Sort of like the -One hit wonder syndrome if you like-, the stockpile now becomes a net liability issue they have to deal with.

Like many dictator regimes past and present, they will try anything, even nukes, than change, because that will lead to regime demise and that is what they are trying to avert in the first place.

The most effective way to deal with this weponization issue is to ignore it and wait till they verbally threatened to use it, deal with it then. For now, they will find out that this is not the way to get the 3 factors of concerns to them resolved or addressed and they will have to seek other means, like seriously starts making positive changes that will lead to headliners and earn them the respect they are seeking.

Smoke
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Philippines
June 2, 2009

Smoke in the Philippines writes:

Leave them alone. They only want attention (UN - CNN) therefore dont give it to them. Sooner or later they will tire of their tantrum.

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