TITLE

Counterpoint: Understanding North Korea

AUTHOR(S)
McFadden, Terri
PUB. DATE
March 2016
SOURCE
Points of View: North Korea;3/1/2016, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents an argument on United States foreign relations with North Korea. The U.S.'s development of a new, comprehensive policy toward North Korea, based on knowledge of the country's history, culture, and political situation, is vital to bringing reform to North Korea and stability to the region. Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. has shown an incoherent foreign policy, particularly toward North Korea. Initially, the Bush administration ignored the totalitarian communist government led by Kim Jong Il, son of the previous dictator, Kim Il Sung. However, when North Korea announced that it was developing nuclear weapons in violation of a 1993 treaty, Bush responded by describing the country as part of an "axis of evil," and refused to negotiate. The threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction makes it imperative for the U.S. to enter into negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Such diplomacy requires a clear idea of the needs of the North Korean people, as well as an understanding of their history and worldview. Without respect for Korea's desire for isolation and self-reliance, the brinkmanship that has endured for decades on the Korean peninsula will continue, or escalate.
ACCESSION #
12455522

 

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