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North Korea: Policy Change Essay

1301 words - 6 pages

To claim that North Korea is a country with no hope is delusional and untrue. Kim Jong Il, the fiery and irrational dictator of North Korea needs to change, or better still, forced out of power. Remember, dictators of the ilk of Kim don’t possess a plan to an ultimate objective. Their only objective is to remain in power. At whatever cost. America and the world need a plan to address a change in policy as well as a regime.

Ever since the 19th century, North Korea has been used and abused. First it was China until 1894, followed by Japan who beat the Chinese in the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95. It finally received independence in 1948, after the Second World War when the Japanese were ...view middle of the document...

Recently even South Korea has joined in with a plan for electricity, which would commence from 2007.

President Bush has defined North Korea as part of “Axis of Evil” along with Iran and Iraq, but that is clearly a sign of desperation from the United States. There is little more that the United States can do, after imposing all sorts of sanctions and forced isolation for the Communist nation, which has destroyed their economy. Over a third of the population of the country is fed on the United Nations Food Program, with a substantial amount of the remaining being received from China and South Korea. South Korea, for all the progress it has made economically can ill-afford to have a regime that brings about regional stability. Already Kim has claimed that he has uranium and plutonium WMD (he does, not Saddam) and could be on the verge of building more. What is the reason for Kim Jong Il to boldly proclaim that he possesses such weapons? He could have easily denied the allegation and delayed the inspection of the nuclear reactors. Analysts state that he was “cornered” and “caved into international pressures.” While that may be partly true, it doesn’t reflect the complete truth considering, that it was Kim Jong Il who pulled out of talks earlier this year, after he witnessed the pressure United States was trying to impose on China, Russia, Japan to press Pyongyang to abandon its program. The reason as a Newsweek columnist puts it is, “Kim believes that United States wants to kill him and he is right.” For Kim to survive and lead North Korea, the only way possible is to claim that he possesses nuclear weapons that he intends to use for destruction. Only then can the world and United States have second thoughts of using the stick with North Korea.

CHINESE BLUFF

While, there is merit to that refugee claim of China, it seems ill conceived or “baked truth”. If that were to be the case for China, why is it that despite the clout it possesses with Pyongyang it doesn’t call for economic policy decisions that can lead the North to prosperity again? Today the per capita GDP of North Korea is less than a tenth of its southern successful half. The only reason China is consistently flooded with refugees even today, it is because the Kim Jong Il regime has followed appalling economic decisions and have curtailed freedom that have compelled the North Koreans to flee in hope for a better life. If the prospects of progress in North Korea were high, the cases of refugees to China would even diminish. Its clear common sense. (A thought that India also...

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