U.S. Exacerbates ‘Profound’ North Korean Insecurity; Provokes Missiles, Nukes (Global Times, China)

Do the United States and its allies bear some responsibility for the unpredictable, erratic and potentially dangerous behavior of North Korea? This editorial from China’s state-run Global Times seeks to distance Beijing from any previous arm-twisting of North Korea, and asserts that America and its allies are driving the Hermit Kingdom to feel a need for missiles and nuclear weapons.

The Global Times editorial says in small part:

Immediately, the DPRK’s nuclear test has drawn condemnation from its rival camps. The United States slammed the nuclear test as “highly provocative,” Japan said it is mulling the imposition of unilateral sanctions, while South Korea vowed to pursue all measures to deter Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

On a superficial level, it was Pyongyang that has repeatedly breached U.N. resolutions and used its nuclear program as a weapon to challenge the world community. This was considered an unwise and regrettable policy.

But in fact, the DPRK’s defiance is deeply rooted in its powerful sense of insecurity after years of confrontation with South Korea, Japan and a militarily superior United States.

In the eyes of the DPRK, Washington has spared no effort to contain it, and has time and again flexed its military muscle by holding military exercises around the region with South Korea and Japan, [and many others]. … Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test appears to be another manifestation of a desperate attempt to keep the threat at bay.

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Author: WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)

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5 Comments

  1. I think there may be some truth to that and in addition I think that’s what drives Iran as well.

  2. Both Iran and Korea want nukes for the same reason as the rest, it gets you a seat at the big boy table and means no one is going to randomly invade you. They’d both be striving to get them and make better ones no matter what we do or didn’t do. Also, the idea that we are responsible for the insanities of the NKorea leadership is just absurd. These are leaders that would rather let their people starve than agree to even modest accommodations with us.

  3. Um…we never really did anything to North Korea once the armistice was signed. We pretty much ignored them until they started a long-range weapons program. While they languished behind a DMZ of mystery, the US helped South Korea get back on its feet to become an incredible economy. All the DRK can do is look across the DMZ with envy while China has all but given them the stingiest of table scraps, while that country has also flourished over the last 20 years.

    As for Iran, they seem to be practicing a fascistic form of Islamic rule. Here you have a fanatical leader with a very big and loyal army who do not seem to question the brutal oppression of their fellow citizens. As history has shown here and in other countries, there is no reasonable or rational dialogue that can be had with leadership like this because they have one sole driving purpose, the spread of their message and form of rule no matter the cost.

  4. @brcarthey

    As for Iran, they seem to be practicing a fascistic form of Islamic rule. Here you have a fanatical leader with a very big and loyal army who do not seem to question the brutal oppression of their fellow citizens.
    The Moderate Voice (http://s.tt/1zQyf)

    They should be used to it. It’s no different than what they experienced under the CIA puppet the Shah of Iran.

  5. Sorry, Ron, but I just can’t agree with you on the validity of the idea of U.S. provocation to North Korea.

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