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Korea Is Heating Up

June 3, 2009 photo of N Korean female soldier

June 3, 2009 photo of N Korean female soldier

Things seem to be going from bad to worse on the Korean peninsula. Two American journalists are now imprisoned, N Korean leaders warn of a nuclear war, S  Koreans demonstrate and no doubt worry. What happens next is hard to foresee. Our State Dept urges N Korea to back off  and return to negotiations. Perhaps most telling are comments from the mayor of Hiroshima, Japan one of two cities actually hit by an atomic bomb.Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba said”I am furious with them(North Korea) for defying strong protests from the international community, including Hiroshima,the city attacked in an atomic bombing.This means a grave challenge for the international community, which can never be forgiveable”.

It seems, unfortunately, that N Korea meets every sanction or condemnation with stronger rhetoric. The U N Security Council approved new sanctions on Friday and the next day, N K orea threatened  war on any country that tried to stop its ships. The sanctions were further described as a “vile product” of a U.S. inspired campaign.

As S Korean President Lee Myung-bak headed for Washington and a meeting with President Obama, he told his security people to ” resolutely and squarely” cope with these latest threats. The N Koreans  in response say they will weaponise all their plutonium.

If  there are cooler and more rational individuals within the N Korean hierarchy, we can only hope that their influence is felt and the temperature  in the region drops to a saner level.

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June 14, 2009 - Posted by | International politics | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “If there are cooler and more rational individuals within the N Korean hierarchy, we can only hope that their influence is felt and the temperature in the region drops to a saner level.”

    And let’s also hope that the cooler and more rational individuals within the U.S. hierarchy also prevail. This situation would likely be even more perilous if some of the “ready-fire-aim” types who held forth in the last few years were still around in positions of authority.

    Comment by larrys | June 15, 2009 | Reply


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