For all the wrong reasons North Korea manages to remain in the head lines of international media for a long
time. The head on collision between US President Donald Trump and North Korea Premier Kim Jong Un
seems eminent in the fast developing political scenario. North Korea on 5 September 2017, warned America
that the nation is ready to send “more gift packets” to the United States as world powers struggled for a response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear weapons test. The tension between US and North Korea escalated, as Han Tae Song, their Ambassador to UN confirmed that North Korea had successfully test fired its sixth and largest nuclear bomb on 03 September 2017.He announced-” The US will receive more gift packages from my country as long as it relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley retaliated with a statement that -Kim Jong Un is ” begging for a war” with a series of nuclear bomb and missile tests. She urged the 15-member Security Council to impose to impose the “strongest possible ” sanctions to deter him and shut down his trading partners. However the Russian Ambassador to UN Vassily Nebenzia said that a US bid to introduce new sanctions on DPRK is “a little premature “.Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin described more sanctions on North Korea as a “road to nowhere”. If we examine the history of North Korea we will realise that sanctions had little impact on the nuclear ambitions of the rogue nation. Now a face -off between United States and North Korea is looming in the world horizon, as Donald Trump vowed to stop Pyongyang from targeting the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon. Ambassador Haley hoped that further sanction could cut-off revenue to North Korea that allows them to build ballistic missiles, which can be used as a delivery system to their devastating nuclear weapons to reach US mainland.
How North Korea had come to this impasse?
To revisit the Cold War era, during the Korean War period, in the spring of 1953, the US National Security Council toyed with the idea of ending the war with the use of a nuclear bomb. But fearing reprisal from USSR in the same coin, being a communist ally to Korea, good sense prevailed. For the first time in history, both sides had nuclear weapons and ‘deterrence doctrine’ had worked. Korea was partitioned and the war ended. The war-torn North Korea set about trying to acquire nuclear weapons in 1991 as its super power patron, Soviet Union, collapsed – depriving the regime its survival guarantee. The plans for its weapons are well known to have been supplied by Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan in a clandestine cash and missile – design deal.
Efforts to bribe the North Korean regime out of its nuclear programme started in 1998, when South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung initiated the reconciliation process that came to be known as ” Sun Shine Policy “, injecting billions of dollars into the re- construction of North Korean economy. The effort doomed when the
funds disappeared to vested personal accounts of the regime. However Kim Dae- Jung got a Nobel Prize nomination for Peace. Within a year, both North and South Korean troops clashed.
In the wake of 9/11 the US declared North Korea part of the “axis of evil”.North Korea responded by
calling-off all talks – and four years later, tested the first of its nuclear weapons.
From the point of view of North Korean ruling elite, making a nuclear bomb to terrorise the world isn’t madness, but “life Insurance”. Kim Jong -Un fears an East Germany-style regime collapse, with his citizens choosing to merge with the richer and modern South Korea.The Dictator also worries about a possible political
coup to topple him, engineered by South Korea with the support of US. Or even America may choose to attack.
United States considered this option many times but shelved the attack plan to avoid possible destruction of South Korea, especially ‘Seoul’, home to 50 million people.
Now situation has become too risky and critical- any plan to militarily eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities has to contend with the fact that it has the demonstrated capability to deliver a fission bomb with a yield of 50- 100 megatons, to US or Australia.
To conclude, North Korea thus, can use its nuclear weapons when the country choose to embark upon a suicidal mode, with a guarantee of total annihilation. That, itself ,is a life insurance too for survival. Pragmatic approach towards this “dare devil” dictator would be to appease him with economic incentives and diplomatic recognition in return for capping its deadly arsenal. It’s a night mare started by the great United States in the world, by nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now we all have to sleep with it – get used to living in this dangerous world. Perhaps the mutual fear of total annihilation may induce the world countries to survive in harmony. The funny meaning of MAD is clearer on the wall-“MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION”

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