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Expert eyes on hot issues: DPRK test-fires missiles, tensions escalate

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

03-25-2016 14:36 BJT

By Shen Haitao, deputy director and professor at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Jilin University

Despite the sanctions of the United Nations Security Council, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has test-fired missiles, which has ignited strong concerns from the international community.  Simmering security tensions on the Korean peninsula haven’t changed at all. Why has Pyongyang constantly demonstrated its tough resolution against the great powers?

Apparently, DPRK’s national strategy and foreign policy had been set up to adopt head-to-head diplomacy for self-defense and development purposes. Top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un remains confident with its regime and mobilization capabilities. 

Challenging the American-led West on military issues including developing nuclear weapons and test-firing missiles has demonstrated that Pyongyang does not have fear and seeks to display the regime’s strength.

DPRK’s strategic goals are underlined in “the army-first policy” and “a strong and prosperous nation” to take on a foreign intensive approach for self-protection and create more living space in an international community filled with powerful opponents.

On the other hand, an international divergence on the DPRK nuclear issue and Korean Peninsula security gives Pyongyang an opportunity to play against world powers.  The United States, China and Russia all have shown different attitudes and taken varied countermeasures towards  DPRK.

The prospects of solving the DPRK nuclear issue through six party talks have not been satisfactory, and economic sanctions imposed by the international community haven’t gained any success.  

Additionally, Pyongyang has given an irate response to pressures exerted by the US, Japan and South Korea.  These countries have demonstrated recurring military existence on the peninsula, as well as in Northeast Asia, causing security tensions to enter “a vicious circle.”

They have enhanced their military alliances and cooperation, which discourages Pyongyang from joining the international community. This badly affects security and stability in all of Northeast Asia.

Meanwhile, biased news reports from the international media have contributed to disturbing problems that confront the peninsula, and a cause for rising complications.

In all likelihood, the resolutions passed by Washington and Seoul to deploy the Thaad anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula would further upset Pyongyang and aggravate more intense reactions from them.  Whoever started the trouble should end it.

Only when DPRK, the US and other related parties think more about regional security and stability, they can consider their respective appeals seriously with restraint, reason and a cooperative attitude, which can help secure regional security and stability.

Shen Haitao, deputy director and professor at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Jilin University

 

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