Published: Sun 15th Oct 2017
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The Risk of North Korea
On September 3rd 2017, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test. The resulting earthquake’s shocks were quickly detected in Japan and South Korea, which led to an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council the next day.
Many countries including China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the United States strongly criticised the nuclear test. United States Ambassador Nikki Haley said during the meeting ‘enough is enough’, and said the incremental approach towards getting North Korea to cease its nuclear program has failed.
Relations between North Korea and United States
The poor relationship between North Korea and the U.S. developed during the Korean War. The relations are strongly determined by North Korea’s military nuclear weapons. The United Nations, together with United States, imposed sanctions after the first nuclear test in 2006, banning all North Korea’s foreign exports and restricting the number of North Koreans working overseas.
Further Punishment on North Korea
Both the U.N. and U.S. have expanded sanctions on shipping, banking and manufacturing; President Trump claimed the new U.N. sanctions are a small step towards stopping North Korea’s nuclear march. He claimed China’s central bank also implemented the sanctions against North Korea. On 19th September 2017, President Trump gave his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, where he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it continued with its nuclear weapons programme.
In response to U.S. actions, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called Trump’s threat “a barking dog”. Regardless of the criticisms and sanctions, he warned that North Korea could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean in the future.
The failure of sanctions against North Korea in the past might bring us towards large-scale warfare. Because of the development of nuclear weapons, military conflict could potentially cause global mass destruction. Apart from new sanctions, countries should give their best effort to resolving the conflict in North Korea.