The Great Leader isn’t so great after-all
As expected from a leader whose cooperativeness and physique are undeniably inversely proportional to his nation’s level of malnutrition, Kim Jong Un, true to form, has yet again gone back on his word: this time launching missiles in Japan’s general direction just hours after an agreement to resume denuclearization talks. With this being the second incident in just the last two years that a missile came terribly close to Japan’s territories, it is clear that, if left to their own devices, North Korea would ironically end up being true to their only priority – regularly pumping up their perceived level of global danger.
North Korea has found itself to be at the center of a multifaceted deadlock, involving not only the United States, but also its neighbors: especially China, whose lenient policies and surreptitious aid to the dictatorship wholly caused decades’ worth of successive U.S administrations’ negotiations to be fruitless.
Despite being comically infamous in the meme-related cultures of the Chinese and Russian Internet (described as terribly overweight and having horrible aim due to not landing a hit on Japan even once), if the current seemingly unresolvable deadlock were to spin out of control, Kim Jong Un very well might achieve his amoral destructive goals, resulting in serious consequences: costing the lives of possibly hundreds of millions.
Experts claim that armed intervention attempts would be useless due to the potential immunity of North Korean weapons to cyberattacks as a result of their secluded nature, as well as due the risk of neighboring countries becoming victims of collateral damage.
The only viable solution is seemingly to make China double down on owning up to its responsibilities as a key player in this unresolvable situation. According Victor Cha, the former director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, “China’s economic ties to the North should be the leverage that forces change, not the reason it never comes.” Additionally, Victor and other experts claim that it is China’s responsibility to “clamp down on domestic Chinese entities doing business with North Korea.”, thereby cracking down on North Korean support in general. However, as always, it should be a delicate balance, with the US not losing its existing leadership positions in the East as a result of China dominating the area’s policies, simultaneously preventing global catastrophes -while there is still time…