By Ted Galen Carpenter
The U.S. appears to be like heading without delay towards a war of words with North Korea as Koreans within the south, and international locations world wide, anxiously witness mounting rigidity. chippie and Bandow look at the dual crises now afflicting US coverage in East Asia: the reemergence of North Korea's nuclear guns software and the transforming into anti-American sentiment in South Korea. They query even if Washington's East Asia defense process is sensible with the looming prospect people troops stationed in South Korea changing into nuclear hostages. wood worker and Bandow placed forth the main provocative resolution but to this gnarled and hazardous scenario.
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Additional resources for The Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea
S. satellite photos revealed what appeared to be a reprocessing plant. The evidence grew stronger the following year when it became clear that the North had tested bomb components, opened a plutonium processing plant, and inaugurated a new uranium processing plant. As calls for international inspections became more insistent, North Korea denied that it had a nuclear-weapons program and resisted any oversight. Pyongyang even rejected a Japanese offer of diplomatic recognition in exchange for an inspections agreement.
Yet none of the DPRK’s neighbors is eager to destabilize the North. Although the PRC has pressed Pyongyang to negotiate and evidenced annoy- G ROW I N G T E N S I O N S W I T H B O T H N O RT H A N D S O U T H KO R E A 35 ance at the latter’s behavior, that might not translate into a willingness to potentially destroy the regime. South Korea is even more strongly opposed to sanctions. 223 A return to a cold war on the peninsula is not in its interest. ”224 The collapse of the DPRK could spark internal armed conﬂict that spills into the ROK.
168 But at the same time Washington was pushing the issue toward the UN Security Council, which, in Seoul’s view, would short-circuit the diplomatic process. Shortly thereafter the Bush administration pointedly observed that military action remained an option for dealing with the North, generating a near-hysterical response from Seoul. 170 Throughout 2003 similar proposals were advanced. 171 Some advocated that the United States simply bide its time. Explained columnist Charles Krauthammer: “It is obvious that, at least until Iraq is settled, nonbelligerence is warranted.
The Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea by Ted Galen Carpenter