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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

North Korea Poses a Difficult Assignment In Diplomacy, and Psychology

By Scott McLean

U.S. foreign policy is much more difficult in recent times, as there are so many unpredictable leaders of the so-called rogue nations, the ones that seem to follow none of the rules and could be dangerous if and when they develop major weapons of mass destruction and the ability to launch them great distances.

North Korea tested a nuclear weapon this week, as was widely reported, making action by the United States, China and other countries an urgent matter.

If North Korea’s leader doesn’t care that much about his own people, it’s unlikely trade sanctions by the United States and it’s partners will lead to the desired action of getting North Korea to give up it’s nuclear weapons.

How do you reason with leaders like North Korea's when they don’t appear to care about their own people! When the military is built up at the expense of goods and services for the people of any country, such as what happened in the Soviet Union under Stalin, that speaks loudly about what’s important to such a regime, and limits the productivity of bilateral or multilateral talks.

In trying to get a country perceived as a threat to become more friendly in it’s actions, doesn’t it ultimately come down to what the other countries can do for them?

The problem isn’t only that this type of leader will not do what other countries want him to do, but that he doesn’t even care what they will do in response to his actions.

If compared to a board game, for example, the losing player rather than admit defeat might throw the whole game on the floor, which if North Korea acts this way could lead to dire consequences for Asia and all of the world.


At 3:33 AM, Blogger ::mari:: said...

It's true what you say, but I think any country in possession of weapons of mass destruction is dangerous. The question is? Who can you trust with weapons, enough to sleep at night and not think about the consequences. It's urgent to end this chess game in which the ponds are us, the people. I personally do not trust any government who has the this kind kind of power.

Great blog you have here, very interesting issues.

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Scott McLean said...

I agree with you. These weapons are extremely dangerous. It would be for the best, in my opinion, if there were none in the world, but it's going to be difficult to eliminate all of them.
I agree with your comments. Thank you for stopping by my blog.


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