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DPRK nuclear crisis causes global anxiety

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-11-2016 18:12 BJT

By Shen Haitao, professor of Center for Northeast Asian Studies of Jilin University

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) shocked the world again by testing a hydrogen bomb at the beginning of the year. Evidence appears overwhelming, while Pyongyang, a troublemaker, is watching how the world will respond.


A nuclear cloud hovers over the Korean Peninsula that adversely impacts peace, stability and people's security for the world at large. The international community demands the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Accordingly, solving the problem under Six-party Talks would be more difficult. Apparently, tough tactics, such as imposing strict economic sanctions and threatening the use of force have proven ineffective.

The DPRK nuclear issue seems to be a trap, which relates to the security of the peninsula, and Northeast Asia.

We should not make wrong decisions to address the "nuclear blackmail" sparked by Pyongyang. Efforts should continue to be made to forge ahead on the so-called security appeal and non-rational nuclear risks of DPRK, or attempt to "normalize" DPRK-US relations.

The hydrogen bomb test complicates everything. All discussions should be carried out based on the peace and security of Northeast Asia and the normal development of international relations.

Nevertheless, I cannot agree with "targeted elimination" of DPRK nuclear facilities, or overthrowing the "unpopular authoritarian regime," which some countries favor.
The farther DPRK walks on the road of military-first politics and national defense with nuclear weapons, the more isolated it will be in the international community, the more difficulties it would be confronted with in economic development and the more negative impact it will face with its security.

Pyongyang is playing a high-stakes geo-political game. The ambition of DPRK Leader Kim Jong Un's authority is not limited to ensuring absolute security, since it threatens South Korea, neglects China and pushes the United States.

Actually, DPRK loves to draw global attention with its nuclear weapons' development and diplomatic brinksmanship; declaring its status as a nuclear powerhouse and acting as a "naked emperor."

The tricks of "small country diplomacy" are fully utilized, while stronger nations are criticizing each other. Therefore, a nuclear crisis' solution will not arrive in the foreseeable future. Beijing had faced difficulties to solve the problem before.  Hence, international society should work together.

All sides should support peace, stability and people's well-being in northeast Asia, to abandon individual strategic myopia and national interests.

No matter how small or big a nation is, we should all take our responsibilities and obligations. It is not appropriate to bear our hopes on several big powers, nor underestimate a small country's significance.

In the face of severe threats, no one could step aside. Peace in northeast Asia will suffer more damage if countries only blindly care about individual interest and blame others. The barely satisfactory performance of relevant governments is just one reason for the deteriorating DPRK nuclear crisis.        
The security situation on the Korean Peninsula is always changing. The complexity of the nuclear issue is incomparable to other regions, which needs a comprehensive examination.

The nuclear issue has not been effectively contained for a long time, and it would consume massive diplomatic resources of northeast Asian countries.

Such circumstances would gradually reduce mutual trust among countries, people, as well as between governments and the public could exert a negative influence on regional political integration and security cooperation. 

All sides of six-party talks should implement necessary strategic coordination and security cooperation, and seek denuclearization and anti-nuclear proliferation on the peninsula. Only by doing so, could the prospects of general control and micro management of the security situation in the peninsula be brightened.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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