One Degree wrote:There are people in this world who are not reasonable and wishful thinking will not change it. It is a serious mistake to think everyone will be reasonable given the choice. Some people simply don't want to be reasonable and must be killed before they start killing. I don't know enough to say this is true of North Korea, but politicians must consider it.
The relationship between Seoul and Pyongyang was better when President Roh was still in government. It deteriorated after Lee Myung Bak was elected. And I do not recall seeing North Korea having launched a missile into the ocean every three weeks which seems to be a regular event now days. The regime have shown that they can survive under any conditions. If they could survive the last 20 years, including the period of the immediate post-Soviet collapse, they can survive well into the future. Pressuring them doesn't work and invasion will result in every major city in the region being destroyed. It could even escalate into a world war. You are an American nationalist, aren't you? Why would you want to be conscripted to go and fight a war in a far away country that you have nothing to do with and do not know? Until it either reforms or collapses it is better to keep North Korea calm. If you keep annoying them they will just become more aggressive.
Finfinder wrote:So you are ok with N Korea having nukes and positive they won't ever use them ?
They already have them and they will use them in the event of war. With its conventional and nuclear capabilities North Korea is capable of destroying South Korea and Japan.
How can you force them to give up their nuclear weapons? Either you convince them through diplomacy, which is unlikely to work or you coerce them with economic and military measures. The latter choice is going to result in a very bloody war which will destroy the region.
Therefore it is impossible to stop them acquiring nuclear weapons.
Thompson_NCL wrote:North Korea have not acted "reasonable" for decades. When the West eased off on them, they took the opportunity to develop nuclear weapons. The North Korean regime cannot act reasonably because its survival depends upon antagonising its neighbours and the US.
There were fewer of these provocations before 2008.
What solution do you propose?
We are condemned to live.