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North Korea’s Threats

North Korea’s war threats go ballistic. We look at how South Korea and the United States are responding.

In this Sunday, March 31, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo Monday, April 1, 2013 by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives a speech during a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP/KCNA via KNS)

In this Sunday, March 31, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed in Tokyo Monday, April 1, 2013 by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives a speech during a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP/KCNA via KNS)

North Korea is the world master of high-drama military bluster.  Everyone knows their practically operatic cycles of threats and rage.  But even so, the vitriol and threats out of North Korea lately have been notable.

A “state of war” with South Korea, they say.  Ashes and flame on the way.  And time to settle accounts with the United States.  Threats of nuclear attack on the US.

We’ve all seen their missile tests.  Their nuclear pride.  Now Pyongyang says it will restart a critical reactor.  Is it different this time?

This hour, On Point:  playing with fire on the Korean peninsula.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Alastair Gale, South Korea bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. (@alastairgale)

John Delury, assistant professor of East Asia studies at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies. (@johndelury)

Han Park, professor of International Affairs and director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at the University of Georgia.

Walter Sharp, retired U.S. Army four-star general.

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CBS News “The White House says that despite bellicose rhetoric from North Korea the Obama administration has not seen changes in the regime’s military posture. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mondays the U.S. has not detected any military mobilization or repositioning of forces from Pyongyang to back up the threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.”

CNN “The U.S. Navy is moving a sea-based radar platform closer to the North Korean coast in order to monitor that country’s military moves, including possible new missile launches, a Defense Department official said Monday.”

The Daily Beast “Every year Pyongyang makes bombastic threats before the U.S.–South Korea military exercises. Then the North Koreans go quiet when the drills begin. This year, however, the tantrum has continued, and the words have become increasingly dire. This month, for instance, Pyongyang abrogated the armistice ending the Korean War and threatened preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States. The one-a-day rhetorical blasts suggest something is terribly wrong inside the North Korean regime.”

Video

Footage released by North Korea showing soldiers firing at targets marked “U.S.A.”

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  • Shag_Wevera

    A negotiating tool for goods and respect.  Nothing more.

    • Ray in VT

      I think that that is more likely than these actions being an actual prelude to any sort of military action, although I wouldn’t want to be south of the DMZ these days.

  • MadMarkTheCodeWarrior

    So by Bush, Cheney and Rice’s logic, Iraq was the greatest threat to world peace?… There’s no corporate interest here so no worries.

    • Gregg Smith

      The axis of evil included North Korea and Iran. Prescient, huh?

      • Shag_Wevera

        George Walker Bush was a GENIUS!

        • Gregg Smith

          He was right about North Korea and he did not say what MMTCW said he did, that’s all.

          • MadMarkTheCodeWarrior

            Actions speak louder than words… We invaded Iraq because of their alleged nuclear program and WMDs. If Iraq was not the greatest threat, then why did we invade them?

            The whole invasion was based upon lies. They just wanted “stable” oil prices. Look where that got us. With Iran no longer counterbalanced by Iraq…

            Yes they were geniuses at telling lies and screwing up. How much was the invasion supposed to cost? 60 billion? And take two months or so. Heck heck of a job!

            How many dead? How many wounded?

            Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Just last week what did Cheney say?

          • JobExperience

             A bully attacks the weakest opponent. And North Korea is oilless.

          • Ray in VT

            I think that friends play into such a discussion.  If we were to have considered Iraq and North Korea to have been equally dangerous a decade ago, I do think that it was only really practical (although not wise) to go to war with Iraq.  North Korea still has China looking over its shoulder, but Iraq was basically a total international pariah.

          • TomK_in_Boston

            Hahaha. He attacked Iraq that couldn’t have threatened Monaco, in doing so he vastly strengthened Iran (I think he was actually an Iranian agent), and with his Iraq obsession he totally ignored N. Korea. 

            Worst president of all time? Or does he lose by a nose to Rutheford B. Hayes?

      • Wotan

        With all that was discussed, this was your take-away?

        If by prescient you actually mean about 20 years behind the times. See, the people of the South, though not quite willing to label a country “evil” for the sake of evoking a response, know all too well that the North had sent down commando squad to assassinate the current president’s father when he had been the ruler, had blown up civilian air flights full of South Korean cabinet members, had a history of brutality against its people and on and on. They’ve known the North was bad for a while before GW came onto the scene and publicly pilloried them as “Evil.” Despite that, I am grateful to GW for not having invaded Kamchatka in response.

        • Gregg Smith

          It was a reply to MMTCW. We would do well to remember the evil that was Iraq and is North Korea and Iran. 

          • Wotan

            Be that as it may, hundreds of thousand of Iraqi, the same Iraqi we had rallied with “Save the People of Iraq” slogans, I’m sure are urging their children to remember the evil that was the USA under Bush II. 

            Odd sense of prescience.

    • William

       Looks like Reagan was right to put money into missile defense.

      • MadMarkTheCodeWarrior

        Reagan? He was a fear mongering ideologue.

        Star Wars was a scam that
        enriched a lot of defense contractors. Reagan either fully understood the
        scam and was completely unethical in promoting it or was too ignorant to understand how far
        our science and technology was from being capable of producing anything close to useful.

        Remember our Patriot missiles in Gulf War I?  The Pentagon first claimed a success rate of 80% in Saudi Arabia, and 50% in Israel.
        A few months later they backed those numbers down to 70% and 40%. A
        year later, the Pentagon admitted high confidence in only “ten percent”
        of the kills.The success of the latest tests of our GMD systems
        should be evaluated keeping in mind our history of decades of military-industrial
        propaganda feeding wishful thinking.

        • brettearle

          It is my understanding that, while short-range, the Iron Dome Missile Defense System, sold to Israel, is highly effective.

          Why doesn’t this presage future systems that could be at higher success rates?

          Not everything, the Pentagon can possibly do, is a waste.

          • MadMarkTheCodeWarrior

            ID was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (Israeli).

            It initially was claimed to have missed only 15.4% of the incoming rockets from Gaza. Now experts are suspecting a miss rate closer to 40%. See march 20th article in the NY Times.

            Although the article is not conclusive, it is troubling and consistent with past behavior.

            Agreed: not everything the pentagon does is a waste, but when there are big bucks involved, there are many highly motivated individuals at play with no ethics guiding their actions.

          • brettearle

            Just read the Article.

            I see your point.

            What about the system that is even more of a joint project?: The Arrow.

          • MadMarkTheCodeWarrior

            I don’t know if there is any real data available on the Arrow.

            Just look at the situation from the view point of a technologist:
            technology marches on. Enabling technology has been a classic limiting factor in what is practical.

            As our industrial and technological capabilities grow, we must accurately and soberly determine if A) the systems being offered are indeed sufficiently effective and affordable enough to actually be worth further investment and deployment, or B) do we need to advance the requisite technologies further through further R&D before designing and building another such system?

            We have a history of doubling down on failed systems because of politics instead of learning from the mistakes made and investing in systems that actually meet requirements.

          • brettearle

            Perhaps a crude analogy–but the FDA, in recent years, has allowed pharmaceuticals to come to market, prematurely.

            The gross concept of basic Political Pressure–which is in the Ether, so to speak– combined with general Media Publicity–also in the Ether, so to speak–do not necessarily bode well for the welfare of the Public…..

          • MadMarkTheCodeWarrior

            Not that crude… K-street and the industrial propaganda machines operate in every market space. It doesn’t get any more American than that! Nothing is more efficient at overriding the real interests of the registered voter.

        • William

          He was right and we wasted time not building a better missile shield.  70/40 percent is better than 0 percent.

  • Potter

    What a jerk!

  • Gregg Smith

    The picture makes it look like Mr. Jongun is wearing a dunce cap, nice.

    • Shag_Wevera

      Good spot!  Made me smile.

  • brettearle

    NK’s actual aggressive actions, against SK, have largely gone unanswered, in recent years, have they not?

    Why is this now only bluster?

    Maybe it’s come to the point where NK actually has a semi-unconscious Death Wish….combined with the belief that they are able to operate militantly, without being challenged.

    Maybe we should just let him buy an NBA team…..

  • Jasoturner

    A lifetime pass to Disney World and he draws down.  Throw in a Sea World pass and the plutonium production stops too.

    • Shag_Wevera

      Sea World is over-rated.  Un probably doesn’t know that though.

  • JobExperience

    If it’s bluster Jong is a convenient Boogerman to scare voters.
    And if he hits the Bullseye it’s 9/11 all over again with Oligarchy tightening the screws. So its win-win for the 1%. We could bomb North Korea with breakfast cereal and hothands and it would be over in a day.

    Some of you tickle me with your images of Nephilim Reagan running up California to swat down missiles like Godzilla. Popping a few flying water heaters in Israel is a long way from a working missile defense. So far it’s been a money pit. The USA also runs on bluster. (Rodman can’t make those three-pointers.)

  • Michiganjf

    Kim Jong Un is a joke, NOT to be taken seriously.
      … and I live in Austin, Texas, his arch nemesis!

    North Korea has made idiotic threats in the past, and received generous food aid in exchange… this is one of the games they play, one of very few potential sources of aid, and one of the ONLY ways they can stir up interest in their sadly pitiful, oppressed, and marginalized country.

    I also understand, from a N.Korea expert I heard once (maybe on On Point), that this sort of blustery bluff is a normal kind of “cultural characteristic” of the N. Korean persona… something that has long been a part of their trading, bargaining culture.

    If all this is well known and well understood, WHY is Kim Jong Un (or once, his pappy) being taken the least bit seriously??!!

  • albert Sordi

    Americans fail to see that holding war games on a country’s border is a direct threat.  North Korea knows that the object of these wargames is to destroy their country….as if the USA hasnt bombed and killed innocent people in the north before.  I don’t recall North Korea ever bombing the USA. North Korea is a poor country with half the population of South Korea. 

    To analogize, North Korea is like the poor kid in the schoolyard, and South Korea is the spoiled rich kid, with his big buddy the USA,the school yard bully, being manipulated by the brainiacs who control all the soda and candy.

     

    • northeaster17

      North Korea is a prison camp. South Korea, a more open society is vastly more successful.

    • Ray in VT

      While our conducting war games and military exercises can be, and to a certain extent is, antagonizing to the North Korean regime, it is not as though we are doing them for that express purpose.  The North has a long history of violent rhetoric towards the South, and they did start the war way back when.  Certainly the North is poorer than the South, but the South was once not so mighty, and one could certainly argue that most, if not all, of the suffering and hardship that exists in the North is due to the highly destructive government that controls that area.  Acemonglu and Robinson devote some of their book Why Nations Fail to the Koreas, noting that they have the same people, the same history, the same climate and resources, but they argue, I think quite well, that the reason for the great divergence that has occurred in recent decades is due to the vastly different political decisions made in the two countries.

      • albert Sordi

        I rather think the divisions are externally contrived, by the standard divide and conquer strategy of the west.  Basically dividing a country via bribes and favors into an anti-imperialist camp and a pro-imperialist camp as in North and South Vietnam.  But the imperialists crank up the divide by arming their allies to the teeth, forcing the other to militarize at sacrificing precious resources that could have gone to their people. In fact if anyone is to blame for North Koreans starving is the USA meddling and antagonizing militarily.

        • Kyle

          The divisions were the result of WW2 (like in Germany).  After Korea was taken from the Japanese, the Soviets monitored the north, and the US monitored the South.  The North attacked the south, with the support of China, and we came the the aid of the South.  We won the war, defeating North Korea all the way back to China, but instead of taking their country from them, we reinstated the division, rather than giving the whole Peninsula to the southern government.  If we wanted to conquer the North, it could have been done long ago, so their decisions on neglecting their people has nothing to do with us, it has to do with dictators wanting a strong military rather than a happy populace.

          • buddhaclown

            No. China invaded after we had taken the whole country and pushed us all the way back more or less to the original line. Although China and Russia had backed North Korea, they weren’t directly militarily involved until we had basically won, at which point china directly went to war with us and saved the North. In order to have claimed the whole country we would have had to nuke them, which MacArthur wanted to do and was ultimately relieved from command for such a radical position. So, no, we didn’t just arbitrarily give the North back the North, we were more than prepared to take the whole thing, but the Chinese kicked our a**.

        • Ray in VT

          Certainly the geographical division is an arbitrary line drawn initially by outside powers at the end of World War II and solidified by the armistice in 1953.  The Cold War definitely played into the politics on both sides of the border.  One could call what we did in the South imperialism, but one could also say that of the North, as the Soviets and the Chinese acted to set up a system friendly to them and their interests.  Considering the actions of the North Korean government, I think that the blame for the sufferings of their people should lie squarely at their own feet.  There is no excuse for the hardships that they have inflicted upon their own people, especially considering that the South and their allies have taken no significant aggressive actions that I know of.  The bottom line is that the North Korean government needs us to a certain extent.  Without us they do not have some mythical Eurasia that is used to justify their totalitarian regime.  The South was once not so democratic or prosperous, but they have changed and advanced, while the North has remained stuck as some sort of Soviet gulag that exists on a national level.

      • TELew

        Well said, Ray.

        • Ray in VT

          Thank you.

    • Trond33

      You are right – at times it is good to step back and view a situation from the perspective of the US being the global bully.  It drives to the point that geopolitical conflicts are complex.  Often the US behaves like a bull running through a glass factory, ignoring or completely ignorant of its actions. 

  • madnomad554

    Maybe Dennis Rodman is a secret agent…

    There’s a man who leads a life of danger
    To everyone he meets he stays a stranger
    With every move he makes another chance he takes
    Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow

    Secret agent man, secret agent man
    They’ve given you a number and taken away your name

    Beware of pretty faces that you find
    A pretty face can hide an evil mind
    Ah, be careful what you say
    Or you’ll give yourself away
    Odds are you won’t live to see tomorrow

    Secret agent man, secret agent man
    They’ve given you a number and taken away your name

    Secret agent man, secret agent man
    They’ve given you a number and taken away your name

    Swingin’ on the Riviera one day
    And then layin’ in the Bombay alley next day
    Oh no, you let the wrong word slip
    While kissing persuasive lips
    The odds are you won’t live to see tomorrow

    Secret agent man, secret agent man
    They’ve given you a number and taken away your name

    Secret agent man

    Lyrics from eLyrics.net

    • JobExperience

      Imagine Dennis as the Prisoner (Secret Agent Man sequel) “We want information!”

      • TomK_in_Boston

        If W was an Iranian agent, DR could be an agent too.

        The real axis of evil:

        1. “Entitlement reform”
        2. Deficit hysteria
        3. Tax cuts

        paul ryan is a bigger threat than jong un.

        maybe we should call him Paul Ry-un

  • Payhole Everdouche

    Worry Not Am’rKKKa.
    The Creators of South Park are diligently working on their new project. They will save the day.Operation ‘Team America 2.0!’The YOung Punk of PyongYang better Watch Out. Once Am’rKKKans cut off his Cyber Viewing Pleasures and Booze, he too shall shrivel up like his Daddy. 

    • stephenreal

      crude and schmaltzy

      • Acnestes

         Stupid name, too.

  • stephenreal

    These threats don’t have the same effect as before why is that? 

    • brettearle

       It’s because NK’s epithets come across as a bastardized version of the “Cry Wolf” syndrome.

      • buddhaclown

        Exactly. Add on top of that a 2nd type of “cry wolf”, being that the US government sold us a false war with Iraq so no one will believe any threat is real anymore. Right now, the sentiment of the US populace is so skeptical of any excuse for military action, that even the gravest threat will just be interpreted as the concoction of someone in the government who just wants to make money from the situation.

        All the cards are in place for a disaster unlike the world has ever known.

  • DeJay79

    If North Korea had anything worth having they’d of been conquered long ago. I can’t wait for them to grow out of this “I’m a child, pay attention to me” phase.

    I really feel for the poor people of that country because they are suffering and their leadership is so concerned with staying in power that they completely neglect their citizens. and still they have all been brain washed into believing that their gov. is taking care of them the best they can.

  • MrNutso
  • Yar

    The only thing worse than a dictator, is the son of a dictator, for all he knows is oppression.  This is a crazy guy with guns and his family (the North Korean people) are at risk.  I propose a different strategy to deal with the situation     We (the rest of the world) should drop a million get our of jail free cards.  With 24 million people, the cards will become a new currency, a barter economy will develop around the cards and then the North Korean people will realize that they can solve their own problems.  To redeem card, all a North Korean has to do is show up at any embassy in the world and other countries of the world will assist with resettlement.  Is this idea is radical enough to work?  Better print those cards on waterproof plastic, they need to last.

    • J__o__h__n

      even worse, the grandson of one

  • dt03044

    If bombs start flying, what might China do?  I see China as the wildcard in all this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Patrick-Dwyer-Jr/100002088204784 James Patrick Dwyer Jr.

       China definitely is the wild card. I personally think they were in Vietnam also. One thing for sure though, we do not need another military conflict.

      • stephenreal

        China has a huge housing bubble. They have their own issues they really need to keep their minds on.

        • Ray in VT

          But you know what is sometimes a great distraction from internal problems?  An outside problem.

  • stephenreal

    I just can not go along with talking with these guys unless you agree with being lied too.

    • Ray in VT

      I don’t know.  I think that we need to talk to them with the full knowledge that they will not likely be dealing honestly with us.

  • stephenreal

    They still keep the Kaesong manufacturing plant going and they still get paid by the alliance.

  • stephenreal

    Why don’t we hold their paychecks back a week?

  • stephenreal

    Great show guys well done.

    • nj_v2

      Yes, except for idiot caller Let’s-Bomb-Them-Now-John.

  • TyroneJ

    Prof. Park is spot-on. The US should offer North Korea a
    peace treaty that retains the present borders and removes most if not all sanctions. Doing so has zero downside. The offer itself takes the wind out of the North Korean’s sails. If the North Koreans reject it, even China would have difficulty not criticizing North Korea. If they accept it, South Korea gets security (as does the North) and North Korea can start downsizing their military and developing economically.

    • buddhaclown

      What this view fails to recognize is that peace is against the North Korean regime’s interest. As B R Myers points out, they can’t survive as a 3rd rate South Korea. The people of the DPRK put up with miserable life standards because they believe the government is protecting them from an even worse external threat. You remove that threat, and the very reason the people so fervently support the regime ceases to exist. 

      The regime currently feels weak, having a new untested leader in power. Their response to this feeling of insecurity was not to reach out a hand of peace.  (Obama extended such a hand when Un came into power and offered massive food assistance.) If they had believed doing so would have strengthened their domestic political position they would have done so. Instead, they moved in just the opposite direction, precisely because it is the atmosphere of fear and the omnipresent sense of impending war that grants the regime power over their people. The massive war drills in North Korea were an attempt to solidify Un’s power. They created an overwhelming sense of impending war in the country that everyone who might have questioned Un quickly fell into line. Peace is against their own political interests. They may not want war, but they certainly don’t want peace. They want tension, and it is a balancing act for them. 

      The regime believes they have to find a way of keeping this sense of tension with the outside world in order to keep their own people in check while also finding a way to improve the economic situation at home. However, such improvements cannot involve opening the country to the outside world, less the people become too aware of just how extreme the disparity is between them and their southern brothers and sisters. So economic improvement involves getting aid from the outside world and keeping hidden from their own people the fact that this aid comes from the outside world. (Outside aid has always been the key to the North’s economy, even back in the USSR days.) In short, the military tension with the outside world is exactly the key to having some sort of economic well-being without threatening exposure to the outside world. Once again, peace is the last thing they want, because at that point the outside world will no longer fear them sufficiently into being blackmailed. 

      They can’t go down the path of China because, unlike China, they are really just 1/2 of a country, and their other half is doing so well economically, as soon as they try to simply become a normal country and reform economically their continued independent existence with cease to make sense. They don’t want war, but they certainly don’t want peace. 

  • http://twitter.com/the_nickens Zachary Nickens

    KJU is playing domestic games right now. He is attempting to solidify his control over the nation by showing the people that he is their protector from the evil imperialist. Its the same thing that KIS and KJI both did. 

    • Trond33

      That is very true – but the risk is that he gets his people in such a furry that an unstable officer decides to open fire on the DMZ with one or two artillery batteries.  Sparking a war that no one wants.   

  • Dennis Kerr

    China.

    Kim Jong-un is proof that North Korea is in an un-natural state.

    Korea has never, ever, ever, attacked a neighbor.

    We Americans sacrifice alot of jobs and tax revenue so that Chinese made products are a tax deductible business expense.

    I demand peace in Korea as a price for continued trade agreements.

    I am tired of sacrificing our well being for China, and ignoring slavery, and overlooking religious intolerance.

    Now, we have to sacrifice the Korean people too?

    No.

    No.

    No.

    No.

    No.

    China must demonstrate three solid actions each year to bring peaceful re-unification of Korea under the south.

    No more.

    I just can’t take this anymore.

  • jgeigerphoto

    More like a dog chasing a car; either the car runs over the dog and it dies or the car stops and then what’s the dog going to do with the car.  Looks like we’ve rolled up the power windows and sat in the comfy car while the mutt barks itself hoarse.

  • Trond33

    It will not take much of a misstep or actions by a renegade faction to spark this conflict.  In some ways, it be preferable to get it over with.  Right now North Korea is lacking in delivery vehicles for their nuclear weapons, even attacking South Korea requires a cargo plane or driving the bomb via truck.  There’s a high probability that any detonations would be on North Korean soil to stop the advancement of UN troops.  Still, any conflict will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands if not millions.

    Wonder if Washington has been proactive enough to send military planners to Beijing.  After all, what China values the most is peace on its boarders.  Beijing may well be receptive to contingency planning in case North Korea starts to implode.  Defining actions to be taken by various players to expeditiously neutralize the threat and sort out rehabilitation of the country under a multi-actor/UN occupation.   

  • buddhaclown

    This show was completely ridiculous. I mean, he had two of the most extreme pro-DPRK analysts in the world on his show and no one to balance their view points. I would have liked to have heard B R Myers crush these guys and their nutcase conspiracy theories (i.e., that this entire affair is the doing of the US military industrial complex, my god Tom, if you are going to have that kind of craziness expressed at least have someone to challenge it). Terrible, utter fail of a show Tom. 

    • Sy2502

      Coming from Italy, I see similarities between Fascist Italy and North Korea, mostly because dictatorships are all pretty much alike. The use of a common enemy to unite the country and distract attention from the problems at home, for example. The use of patriotism and promise of glory and world respect as a carrot to counteract the stick of the dictatorship. Most of all, when a country is really poor, and the population and economy has been beaten to a pulp, there’s nothing left for these dictators than to try invade another country. Also people who underestimate North Korea because small and weak seem to forget that World War I started with a small and weak country, Serbia, and ended up with a World War. 

  • Wotan

    First things first. It’s been about 15-20 years since I heard then South Korean grad. students and visiting scholars in Cambridge speak of the forced, sudden unification of Germany as precisely the model the Koreas SHOULD NOT take toward their eventual unification. This was pretty much a refrain spoken by the people who’ve gone on to now run that country. No rational Korean thinks in terms of Germany’s reunification and they’ve not done so for decades.

    Now, I wish Tom’s perspective had not been so driven by the colorful rhetoric of the north and he wasn’t so focused on the sabre rattling sphere with it military implications. Rather, the reforms that have continued to take hold, albeit for every small, stumbling, baby-step forward with perhaps three backwards, I wish his informative guests would have addressed in more details the violent outing of Yi Yong-ho from the conservative, near-secular military apparatus to a more integrated party line establishment where the so-called good of its people was at the heart of the military’s ideology. Would have been helpful also and perhaps a more creditable discussion if Jang Sung-tek had also been evoked. IOW, rather than the implications of their belligerence externally, it seems to me that crux of the matter is what’s happening internally within the DPRK. 

    When even their military has been transformed in a new realization that a self-reliant and a more free economy is perhaps the only lifeline that will secure this regime’s hold on its people, a people who continually are growing aware of all that they’re deprived each time they watch a new South Korean soap opera or hear whispers of a North Korean defector to the South who was elected to South Korea’s parliament via free elections, there’s far more that’s changing internally despite the 60s war-mongering rhetoric.

  • Ronald Rossignol

    How about this? I don’t have any other venue than yours to put this idea forth, so maybe you could propose this to higher circles? hint hint…

    If North Korea attacks, let them, and 
    Do Nothing.
    The “Allies” of the U.S., China, Japan and South Korea will practice non-violent response as would Siddhartha and Gandhi and King, and concurrently engage in communications. Kim might understand a little of these men and what they have done in the world, their practice of non-action. Our position is strengthened because we are the ones practicing non-violent response and not him, and he would shortly (2 days?) comprehend our position completely. Our non-response would be best. Upon his initial military thrust, what has he gained but territory by means of great violence? He will withdraw immediately (one week), and then by negotiations will find a way to return to peace.

    If SK retaliates, let them, and the others
    Do Nothing.

    • Ronald Rossignol

      hahaha, I forgot Lao Tzu as a (supposed) fellow of the same position as I put forth, such is the Tao Te Ching – surely Kim is aware of this… non-action and humility are virtues in this political instance, so it’s best that the “allies” practice the higher ethic, of Peace. No more shock and awe, please, that’s so comic book.

      (But you could send in the drones, thank you Judy Collins, carrying pamphlets! There’s nothing like paper in hand, get the translation Right. The drones would only need enough electronics “to fly west,” haha, all launched from our ships at sea. Or it’s a very cool SEAL operation?)
      Someone before me here said something like NK becoming a third rate SK. What an insult! How about a second rate China? If they want to stay communist… but they need to open all the doors and make life for people better, as China (supposedly) has.

      • Ronald Rossignol

        No, not SEALs – The US needs to stay out of it. South Koreans, civilians, a community effort, sending small plane- and helo-drones carrying pamphlets North for 200 miles range. Very symbolic, highly informative, unique and unexpected, non-violent. Nothing on any drone will be secret or proprietary or violent – they carry pamphlets, or notes written on wings, like signing casts! haha.

  • ExcellentNews

    It is only a matter of time before Kim The Third discovers how to DEFEAT the United States of America. All he has to do is offer the vast number of SLAVE LABORERS in North Korea to our oligarchs, CEOs and bankers. Their labor cost is bound to be the cheapest, because the North Koreans eat even less rice than workers in other slave-labor dictatorships (and retirement is cheap too, thanks to an excellent system of death camps).

    Such a move will result into even bigger bonuses for the CEOs of shoe makers, phone manufacturers…etc. If Little Kim does that, I bet you that in 10 years he will be receiving a honorary MBA from Harvard Business School, and he will be hobnobbing with  Republican LIMINARIES such as  Michelle Bachman, Bobbi Jindal, Ricky Perry, Jeb Bush the Fourth …etc, who stand for cheap labor and fat oligarchy profits.

    Heck, he may even show us a video of ferocious (albeit little thin) North Korean workers waving their fists and shouting “Tax cuts for the Job Creators”….

  • Lusitan75

    Mr. Park sounds like nothing so much as an apologist for the brutal North Korean regime.  

    North Korea’s nuclear war threats = North Korea wants peace

    South Korea purchases U.S. military weapons = The evil American military-industrial complex is the cause of the problems on the Korean peninsula

    Please.  

  • kenroh

    DPRK, N Korea’s neclear war threats is the results of failure by the U.S.A. foreign policies. (1)U.S.A. government has repeatly violated the armistice agreement, (2)U.S.A govenrnment could not keep promises to cope with 6-party talks including 9.19 statement as well as 1994 U.S.A-DPRK framwork agreement, (3)U.S.A. policies toward Korea lost credibilies since 1905 secreat agreement between Japan and U.S.A., 1945 policies toward Korea. It’s time for U.S.A. to make reconciliation with DPRK by signing Peace treaty between the two countries. 68 years of Armistice agreement is too long.(FYI) I have visited N Korea and S Korea over 55 times in the last 23 years. I can dare say that N Korea has reasonal principles for its foreign policies including mutual respect  soverignty, peace, friendship which are major slogan for N Korea Foreign Policies. Ken Roh in Los Angeles, Editor of Korean daily news(Korean Version): http://www.minjok.com Phone 213-458-2245

  • iammyownreporter

    Your approach is brain-locked anti-North Korea.  I’m looking for objective analysis of North Korea based on solid data.  I’m not finding it here.  -Glen Roberts -IAmMyOwnReporter

  • Regular_Listener

    One thing that was not mentioned (or at least not talked about much) on the show was what looks like China’s changing attitude toward North Korea.  I was stunned to see that they supported the recent UN sanctions against NK.  Could it be that one reason for Pyongyang’s recent round of bellicose gestures is fear that Beijing is starting to pull out its support?  Just wondering.

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