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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

POLITICO Arena: Seung Min Kim's response to 'Obama's North Korean strategy?'

Seung Min Kim Moderator :


Breaking news overnight – North and South Korea exchanged fire near the countries’ disputed maritime border on Tuesday, killing two South Korean soldiers and injuring 18, according to officials. North Korea, which had fired dozens of shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, blamed the South for “recklessly fired into our sea area.”

The White House said in a statement that the U.S. “strongly condemns this attack” and called on North Korea to “halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement.” The incident comes just after the news that North Korea has a new plant to enrich uranium, enabling them to expand its nuclear arsenal or build more powerful weapons.


What options does the Obama administration realistically have to deal with the situation on the Korean peninsula? What could North Korea’s motives behind this latest incident be?

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Joe: see above, this is my thought. North Korea is not a real threat to South Korea, big brother China wouldn't allow it. China also fears reunification and doesn't want it. Adversaries build cohesion, as Bismark of realpolitik showed the world. I suspect with the South Korean exercises underway the North Korea leadership feels it can reasonably flex its muscles and in fact play the, "I'm so crazy" game without retribution  and in fact most likely receive some reward for keeping the peace in addition to maximizing its real goal of creating/maintaining internal cohesion. Interested in your comments. - Bob


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Bob:  Kim Il-Sung's will never receive the support of China or Russia both countries are now enjoying the fruit of a free market economy while North Korea remain with the strict communist ideology of the past.  Kim is flexing his mussel in an attempt to win some support from his own people.

Like many tyrants, he will in time see that the world is changing and he remains living in the past. In time when this tyrant dies there will be major change as occurred in China, when Chairman Mao died. Deng Xiaoping changed China and supported a free market economy he felt his people are now educated and ready to flex their muscle in trade and commerce, a similar situation occurred in Russia. As to Deng Xiaoping, I rate him as one of the greatest man of this century his protégé now runs China. I do not believe China would want a unified Korea that is in its back yard, perhaps it may threaten China business interest; Westerners to this day criticize China for not being a full democracy, with 1.3 billion people. You cannot create a western type Democracy and make it function effectively.

I remain a great believer that western democracy has not been fine tuned to serve the interest of the majority of the people, a good example is now the US which some student of politics label as a government elected by wealthy Americans. democracy begins to fail America when it takes $20 million or more to run for a senate seat. - Joe

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