||[Mar. 20th, 2006|09:13 pm]
International News Blog
Since the Cold War, tension always existed between North Korea and the United States. In January 2002, President Bush decided to help ease the tension by publicly called North Korea an “axis of evil,” along with Iran and Iraq (seems like he didn't really do a good job there). In 1994, North Korea posed a nuclear threat to the United States and the world when they announced that they had violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which obligates nuclear countries to keep their weapons to themselves and non-nuclear countries to not obtain or produce nuclear weapons.|
After withdrawal from the NPT, North Korea announced that they already produced nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-Il often used these weapons by threatening other countries to test or export these nuclear weapons in order to get what North Korea wants (and has already fired missiles over Japan to show that he can).
The United States refuses to negotiate with North Korea until they dismantle their nuclear program. However, because both the United States and North Korea have been so inflexible, nothing has changed between the two countries. Way to try and work things out, guys.
One of the main issues here is whether or not North Korea should be able to develop their own nuclear program. Although this poses an obvious threat to the United States and the world, I don’t think they should be banned from having a nuclear program. Of course, it was wrong to violate the Non-Proliferation Treaty when they were signed onto it, but because they have withdrawn, it’s only fair to allow them to have their own nuclear program. It doesn’t seem like there’s much anyone could do about pressuring them to sign back on; it's not like we can boycott their exports because they don't really have much. If every other country can have her own program, North Korea should be treated the same way. Of course, another solution would be to not allow any country to have any nuclear program (which I would not object to either). It’s not fair to allow one country to have a nuclear program and another country to not have a nuclear program, regardless of that country’s history or reputation.