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U.S. Exacerbates 'Profound' North Korean Insecurity; Provokes Missiles, Nukes (Global Times, People's Republic of China)


Do the United States and its allies bear some responsibility for the unpredictable, erratic and potentially dangerous behavior of North Korea? This editorial from China's state-run Global Times seeks to distance Beijing from any arm-twisting of North Korea, and asserts that America and its allies are driving the Hermit Kingdom to feel a need for missiles and nuclear weapons.




February 13, 2013


People’s Republic of China – Huanqiu – Original Article (English)

President Barack Obama delivers the 2013 State of the Union address: He dedicated part of one paragraph to North Korea.


KOREA CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY [STATE-RUN]: North Koreans tell the regime's media that they are happy about the nation's third nuclear test, Feb. 12, 00:00:50RealVideo

On Tuesday, despite the deep concern of the international community, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) went ahead with its third nuclear test.


Pyongyang said it conducted its third underground nuclear test to defend its national security and sovereignty against hostile American policies and in protest of a U.N. Security Council resolution [SC10610], Washington pushed through last month that punished the DPRK for its December satellite launch.


[Editor's Note: It should be noted that the U.N. Security Council, which includes China, agreed in unison to the provisions of resolution SC10610, which not only "condemns" and "deplores" North Korea's action, but tightens some of the harshest sanctions ever endured by any nation, and which China agreed with during previous nuclear-related episodes].


So immediately, the DPRK's nuclear test has drawn condemnation from its rival camps. The United States slammed the nuclear test as "highly provocative," Japan said it is mulling the imposition of unilateral sanctions, while South Korea vowed to persue all measures to deter Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

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On a superficial level, it is Pyongyang that has repeatedly breached U.N. resolutions and used its nuclear program as a weapon to challenge the world community. This was considered an unwise and regrettable policy.


But in fact, the DPRK's defiance is deeply rooted in its powerful sense of insecurity after years of confrontation with South Korea, Japan and a militarily superior United States.


In the eyes of the DPRK, Washington has spared no effort to contain it, and has time and again flexed its military muscle by holding military exercises around the region with South Korea and Japan, [and many others].


Pyongyang's latest nuclear test appears to be another manifestation of a desperate attempt to keep the threat at bay.


At the same time, escalating tensions also highlight the importance of trust building by all sides, and the need for sincere, concrete efforts to prevent the disastrous consequences of a deterioration of the situation on the peninsula.


Right now, in order to properly manage the current crisis, the most dire need is for all parties to stay calm, exercise restraint, and accommodate the concerns of the others.



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In the long run, dialogue and negotiations, not confrontation and the exchange of barbs, are the optimal means of leading to a resolution of the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Six-Party Talks, which bring all sides to the same negotiating table, remain the most viable platform for reversing the trend of hostilities.


The time has come for all parties concerned to think and to act rationally, avoid disastrous fallout, and create the basis for a revival of long-stalled Six-Party Talks.


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Posted By Worldmeets.US Feb. 13, 2013, 5:47am