THE GREAT LEADER ISN’T SO GREAT AFTER-ALL
Just hours after the Trump-Kim “summit” designed to break the deadlock over the mutual nuclear disarmament, North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un violated all trust by launching missiles in Japan’s direction. Ever since its inception after the Second World War, the dictatorship has been viewing nuclear weapons as an effective deterrent against a world that threatens the very existence of North Korea. For decades, attempts to denuclearize the North have been useless. The latest meeting, held in Hanoi in February 2019, has been just as fruitless and has only postponed denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Delayed negotiations should be stopped; such procrastination only benefits the dictatorship, giving them more time to further develop their constantly-evolving weaponry.
This second missile threat to Japan in two years clearly demonstrates North Korea’s prioritized goal of using intimidation in lieu of diplomacy, a testament to which is their state-of-the-art weapon’s arsenal. DPRK’s new undetectable intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, combined with improved multi-tube rocket launchers, pose a tremendous threat to the U.S. and its regional allies. These technologies develop at a frighteningly staggering rate. Starting in July, in the span of just a couple of months: over nine projectiles have been tested; two super-large caliber rockets have been fired, and a brand-new sophisticated submarine has been unveiled, which has been inspected by the dictator himself.
The threat of a nuclear attack by Kim Jong Un should not be underestimated in any way; failed negotiations could result in a nuclear attack with millions of potential victims. Neighboring South Korea and Japan have been greatly alarmed by the North’s increased ammunition. The aforementioned latest missile test has troubled Japan in particular, “evoking memories of a period when the Japanese public was awakened to alarms warning of potential missile landings.” Armed intervention, the alternative deadlock solution, would be thwarted by North Korea’s cyberattack immunity, and the collateral damage would certainly affect Russia and South Korea.
In our problem, China is a key player, who has only previously surreptitiously aided North Korea, thereby nullifying the effectiveness of previous US negotiations. According to 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.” He concludes that China must isolate North Korea by “clamp[ing] down on domestic Chinese entities doing business with North Korea.” However, in order to preserve the existing balance, China’s political domination of the East should not compromise the leadership positions of the U.S. A global catastrophe can only be prevented by the combined diplomatic efforts from all deadlock participants, while there is still time.