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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Try diplomacy on North Korea

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner:

Once again the US government under President Barrack Obama is threatening the Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea with military maneuvers. This latest incident comes over accusations that North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean warship.
Whether the North actually sank the ship and whether it was intentional is not net know for sure. But the Obama administration is not waiting for all the facts. According to our local newspaper, The Wichita Eagle, “U.S. defense officials say they may deploy the massive aircraft carrier USS George Washington off the Korean Peninsula in the Yellow Sea…. U.S. officials, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Wednesday that a final decision on deployment of the nuclear-powered carrier was likely by the end of the week.”
According to Koean Central News Agency of DPRK(Democratic People's Republic of Korea), “It is also an intentional and premeditated plot to push the inter-Korean relations to total collapse and ignite a war of aggression against the DPRK in collusion with their U.S. and Japanese masters under the pretext of the ship case.”
So the North has denied that it sunk the South Korean Ship.
During the Bill Clinton administration diplomacy was emphasized and relations between the two Koreas seemed to thaw. But then President George Bush came to office with his “axis of evil” policy which drove the North into complete paranoia. We can bet that Bush’s policies were a major reason that North Korea decided to build and test a nuclear weapon. After all, they saw Bush invade and occupy the first “axis of evil” country Iraq. It was logical to think that somewhere along the way North Korea was next.
It was in August of 2009 that Bill Clinton used diplomacy on a trip to North Korea to secure the release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, reporters for Al Gore's San Francisco-based Current TV. So we know that diplomacy can work.
Sanctions won’t have much affect on a country that does little trade with the outside world. There is still time to try to use diplomacy to normalize relations with North Korea. More huffing and puffing is not likely to get the desired results.

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