World How to deal with a nuclear-armed Kim Jong Un (Opinion)
Activist says he flew 500K leaflets across Koreas' border
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean activist said Friday he launched 500,000 propaganda leaflets by balloon into North Korea this week in defiance of a contentious new law that criminalizes such actions. If confirmed, Park Sang-hak's action would be the first known violation of the law that punishes anti-Pyongyang leafleting with up to three years in prison or a fine of 30 million won ($27,040). The law that took effect in March has invited criticism South Korea is sacrificing freedom of expression to improve ties with rival North Korea, which has repeatedly protested the leafleting.
The Biden administration has pledged to pursue "" diplomacy
to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to halt his mad dash toward a deliverable nuclear weapon. But that is a vain hope. Instead, the world and especially the United States must find a way to live with a North Korea armed with The Bomb. And keep Kim from using -- or selling -- it.
North Korean Defector Faces $27K Fine For Sending Leaflets Into Country By Balloon
Park Sang-hak, a South Korean activist, said he and his organization sent 10 balloons that carried leaflets criticizing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his government, and 5,000 $1 bills, from an area near the border. If law enforcement pursues Park under the new South Korean law that prohibits leafleting to North Korea, it would be the first known violation.
Discussions with a number of individuals who have dealt with the North Korean government or monitored the actions of its ruling family have convinced me that no Kim -- neither Kim Jong Un, nor his father nor his grandfather -- ever has or will give up a quest for a deliverable nuclear weapon. Nor is Kim likely to relinquish such a device once it can be deployed. Indeed, North Korea clearly does have any number of such devices -- some analysts say it could be-- though the delivery vehicles are still in development.
That brings us to the realm of what may be possible and achievable. For Kim, possession of a nuclear weapon is a question of existential survival. His ultimate fear is no doubt the fate of Libyan strongman Colonel Moammar Gadhafi -- dragged from a drain pipe by rebels and executed, a direct consequence of the decision tohis own nuclear program that allowed his enemies in the West to his regime.
Biden Previews New North Korea Strategy Distancing Himself from Trump, Obama
"Our policy will not focus on achieving a grand bargain, nor will it rely on strategic patience," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, apparently referring to the strategies pursued by former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, respectively. "Our policy calls for a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and willing to explore diplomacy with the DPRK and to make practical progress that increases the security of the United States, our allies and deployed forces." Your browser does not support this video U.S.
Still, it's not clear that President Biden or his principal advisers are prepared to accept any nuclearized North Korea. President Joe Biden hasthat any diplomacy "has to be conditioned upon the end result of denuclearization." At the same time, he and his team are rightly rejecting former President Donald Trump's "go big or go home" approach -- agreeing to remove all sanctions in exchange for North Korea fully its weapons program -- which Kim out of hand at their last, abortive summit in Hanoi.
"Our policy will not focus on achieving a grand bargain, nor will it rely on strategic patience," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters after announcing last month that the administration had completed its months-long North Korea policy review. "Our policy calls for a calibrated practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK, and to make practical progress that increases the security of the United States, our allies and deployed forces," she.
North Korea warns US of 'very grave situation' over Biden speech
Joe Biden called North Korea's nuclear program a 'serious threat,' which an official said, 'reflects his intent to keep enforcing the hostile policy.'Last week, Biden, in his first address to Congress, called North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs "serious threats" to American and world security and said he'll work with allies to address those problems through diplomacy and stern deterrence.
An utterly commendable goal. But it's the steps that are needed to get there and the shape of the end result that are so critical to preserving peace -- even a nuclear-armed one -- on the Korean peninsula.
The essence of any such plan must lie in the United States finding a way tothe North to join the global nuclear non-proliferation club. Implicit would be the acceptance that it already has a weapon. In turn the North will need to make its weapons and their security clearly visible and open to inspection.
China has every incentive to go along with such a plan and see that North Korea respects its spirit and letter. Biden must persuade Xi Jinping to embrace this in his dealings with Kim. At the same time Kim, as well as Xi, should understand that if North Korea launches a nuclear weapon at any foreign power, the United States is capable not only of a targeted nuclear attack on the capital of Pyongyang, but of turning the entirety of North Korea into a radioactive glass bowl.
It's true that the US is unlikely to engage in a full-scale nuclear exchange that could destroy South Korea and inflict enormous damage on China, but it's also true that Beijing would not want a nuclear strike on its neighbor given that China's eastern provincial capital of Dalian is barely 200 miles from Pyongyang and Beijing is barely 500 miles to the west.
North Korean Defector Investigated for Sending Hot Air Balloon Full of Leaflets Insulting Kim Jong Un
Last month, Park Sang-hak said he launched hot air balloons carrying 500,000 leaflets, 5,000 one-dollar bills and 500 anti-North Korean booklets across the border.Park Sang-hak, head of a group of defectors called Fighters for a Free North Korea, had his office raided by South Korean police for violating a new law that makes it illegal to send such propaganda across the border. Park, along with other activists, has been doing such activities along the South Korean border for years.
Another end result that is simply not tolerable: the North's sale of its nuclear or missile technology abroad. There are indications that it has embarked on such adventures in the past. Pyongyang was said to havethe father of the Pakistani bomb, A.Q. Khan, in the production of Krytrons, or nuclear triggers, as long ago as the 1990s. Later, international inspectors evidence suggesting that the North had Libya with nearly two tons of uranium and enriched uranium hexafluoride in 2001. By 2007, North Korea was helping Syria build a nuclear reactor in the desert that was eventually in an Israeli air strike. Four years ago, a UN report suggested that Pyongyang had offered up for sale to all comers, enriched Lithium-6 isotopes used in the of thermonuclear weapons. The North claimed to have its first thermonuclear explosion in September 2017, though that has not been confirmed.
Finally, there is the North's past behavior. In 1985, Pyongyang, under pressure from the Soviet Union,a party to the treaty on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT). But then, in a fit of pique, Kim's father withdrew from the agreement 18 years later. In 2009, North Korea all UN inspectors out of the country.
Still, the Biden administration does not seem to have many other, workable alternatives than to find a pathway for Kim to be lured or coerced back into the process -- whether by carrots or the stick of real, enforceable sanctions, especially enlisting China into anthat is any more than simply lip-service. One of America's leading negotiators with the North, Evans J. R. Revere, told me that the US "must squeeze the North Koreans from every possible angle (so that) every morning when Kim Jong Un gets up, he needs to wonder whether (he) will make it through the end of the day." Revere paused then added, "I am convinced he is a rational actor."
Debate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next?
Since Russia, China and North Korea favor and fear ICBMs, is it wise to eliminate the best U.S. nuclear deterrent? Isn't abolishing ICBMs more dangerous than modernizing U.S. missiles that helped keep nuclear peace for 60 years?If U.S. ICBMs are eliminated, potential adversaries no longer have to achieve a coordinated, accurate, disarming nuclear first strike against 400 hardened ICBM silos. Isn't greatly simplifying adversary capabilities to execute a surprise attack riskier than modernizing U.S. ICBMs designed to deter surprise attack?If U.S ICBMs are eliminated, Russia, China or North Korea could destroy all U.S.
Biden and his negotiators must find some way to persuade Kim they understand his needs, but that he must understand how incumbent it is for him to come to the table as a responsible member of the community of nations and of nuclear powers. That is the best assurance of North Korea's long-term survival, and his own.
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The Human Security approach addresses how people can live their daily lives securely. Military expenditures don't do that, but the Human Security approach does. Its object is protecting ordinary people and the natural world.The more the world perfects sophisticated high-tech weaponry, the less secure its people are. State power is not an end in itself, and it is irrational to promote it with weapons that can kill us all. The state is a means to serve human needs, and a construct which now needs reorienting toward that mission.