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?



Lieutenant J.
Kansas, USA
June 2, 2009

Jorge in Kansas writes:

Contrary to what @Donald stated earlier, I personally do not see this as an appropriate application of military power (solely), and must wholeheartedly concur with @Anna.

First, from a strictly military-to-military point of view, rest assured that neither the North Korean short range launches, their underground testing, nor their Taep'o-dong 2 missile pose any DIRECT threat to the security and prosperity of the United States military and its citizens. Rather, it is through the regional instability caused by the actions of Kim Jong Il, and his son Kim Jong Un, that threaten U.S. national interests.

China, on the other hand, is far less concerned with regional stability than denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. Sharing a common boarder spanning nearly 900 miles, Beijing is in the unique position to apply aspects of both "hard" and "soft" power to effectively isolate North Korea. Kim Jong Il and Un both rely heavily on Chinese companies for crude oil, food imports, and the nearly $2.8 billion in trade with China. Historically, China has very effectively backed sanctions against the rogue state in response to Pyongyang's first nuclear detonation in 2006.

So, what is the way ahead? The international community, and specifically China, must both support and enforce full economic sanctions against North Korea. Without question, this must include other former Six Party Talk members: Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, and of course the United States. Diplomatic channels between China and North Korea must remain open and our Commander-in-Chief would do well to work through the PRC vice speaking directly to Kim Jong Il. The message to North Korea must be one of positive influence and mutual growth for the well being of all nations; that it is within their best interests to realign themselves with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty; and that non-compliance threatens their own security and well being.

So, what is the danger? If economic sanctions and international pressure causes North Korea to collapse violently, it will likely result in hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing into Northern China. Beijing would be forced to send troops into North Korea to restore order and re-establish their border? under the objections of both South Korea and the United States. If this happens, Beijing's domestic pressure could force the PRC into a U.S.-China face-off.

In closing, it is absolutely within our national interest to stop the continued North Korean WMD proliferation; however, military direct action must be limited to embargo enforcement and continued Integrated Missile Defense (yes, @Donald, that includes Aegis capable ships).

Tennessee, USA
June 2, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Study what is actually going on:

This is 1 June news briefs:

June 1. 2009 Juche 98

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Greetings to Italian President

Gift to Kim Jong Il from Chinese Organization

Exhibition of Korean and Chinese Children Opened

International Children's Day Marked

International Children's Day Enjoyed

More Meetings Hail Successful Nuclear Test

New Stone Buddha Grotto Discovered in DPRK

Infant Prodigies of Music

Love People

KCNA Slams U.S. Administration's Invariable Hostile Policy towards DPRK

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Slogans for Urgent Struggle Issued in S. Korea

LOOK AT THIS:::: DPRK's Successful Nuclear Test Hailed by British Organizations

This is what the People see and is from Korea News
1. Circumvent the false propaganda to the people. We need a civilian base to work with and not just challenge the leadership.

2. Put all the cards on the table as to who is actually helping North Korea in its efforts. There is a third party involvement which is quite obvious. I can talk of peace and a nuclear disarmament treaty, even lower my stockpile to appear in a good light; but, if I hold power over another country who increases its WMD, I have gained in both endeavors, have I not?

Challenging them will amount to nada and any external efforts will only alienate the people from the rest of the world and unite them with Kim.

I don't think there are many trade embargos left anyway and they just started on a better foot with South Korea in the Southern end with new industry, so there seems to be a dichotomy of effort results.

What we need to do is infiltrate them, get better communications to the people of North Korea or send the leadership a message that is clear and decisive.

If there will be no realistic action beyond words, then nothing will change and they will have the world at its doorstep, but, unlike Woody Allen's "The Mouse That Roared" this mouse is a Rat with teeth and is being fed by someone.

Virginia, USA
June 2, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

Welcome to the blog Jorge from Kansas

First of all there should be Billion dollar fines set by the United Nations when countries start firing off Nuclear devices. The collateral damages associated by one country testing a device which sends Shock Waves Around the World. Earthquakes happen more frequent, I would have to say it would behove the United Nations to bring in an Earthquake Specialist who is an expert in the field, let this person testify as to what happens when a Nuclear Device is tested, how it effects other countries. Shortly after North Korea's test, Honduras had a massive earthquake, leaving over 500,000 people homeless. If North Korea was baking cookies thats one thing, but testing a Nuclear Device then showing off it's short range missile capability, should be telling signs of events to come.

I wouldn't put all my eggs in a basket hoping China will resolve this situation, I'm in that belief that China and North Korea have been close allies for very long time, just like United States and United Kingdom.

I think the country to watch more is China. I mean there is no question our Military strength can handle North Korea, but as China grows and grows, the more we continue to borrow and borrow, massive problems ahead. Who knows the predictions of 2012 might be real.

Good Day!

New Mexico, USA
June 4, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Anytime a nation postulates the use of force, however it is characterized "beligerent", "attention seeking", "provacative", etc. one is talking about the imminent failure of diplomacy on their end, no light being seen at the end of the tunnel.

And no, a nation cannot expect to have the right to peaceful use of atomic power when it tests atomic weapons and threatens war.

And no, folks that do don't get to demand anything except contempt for that. Let alone some payment or services for their cooperation after.

It has at that point, voided all soverign right to the technology, period.

Now if only folks would pass an international law to that effect, and promtly enforce it...

In any case, I took note of Sec. Gate's remark, " the saying goes, I'm tired of buying the same horse twice."

My question is, will we have to shoot the horse thief in the process of stealing the horse back?

If I didn't know better, I'd think he was born and raised in New Mexico. This gets much clearer in those terms.

The international community's option are obviously being narrowed by North Korea's behavior.

Texas, USA
June 5, 2009

Lois in Texas writes:

Why does the administration continue to apologize for American? American is a GREAT Nation! The America government and it's people have rescued and participated in many foreign humanitarian efforts never mentioned in Obama's speeches. How sad for those who have given so freely not only of their time, but finances.

We are tired of hearing the rederic!



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