Saturday, October 13, 2012


N. Korea's rhetoric is a plea for a better deal, US needn't take it seriously

North Korea agreed in principle to end its nuclear weapons programme on September 15, 2005 and rejoin the international non-proliferation treaty in return for energy, economic aid and a US promise not to attack. But US went against its promises and N. Korea retaliated by conducting nuclear tests next year.

Recently, Pyongyang stepped up verbal attacks, saying that it's scrapping all military and political agreements with Seoul and considers itself on the brink of war with the South. “N. Korea makes such rhetoric whenever it perceives threat from the US or S. Korea or its domestic conditions become worse, particularly the economy. North hopes that it might get a better deal...,” says R. Subramaniyan, a doctoral fellow at the Academy of Korean Studies. The US needs to actually call their bluff, rather than paying heed. Even N. Korea knows that one misstep can lead to catastrophe in its own land.

Source : IIPM Editorial, 2012.

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