North Korea Relations
North Korea’s aggressiveness in the recent years has put the whole continent of Asia at the brink of war. Just like World War I, the Asian peninsula is now a ticking bomb. With just one spark, war can break loose. As tense as it already is, North Korea’s provocative actions towards its rival, South Korea, will lead to the loss of more lives. With both nations vowing to retaliate against the other, only time will tell when the two nations will start bombing the other.
Because South Korea’s main ally is the United States, the United States should take action to prevent a war. As we speak, the U.S. currently has soldiers in more than 6 places which include: South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, and etc. The U.S.’s policy to patrol the world has put its economy in a downfall. The U.S. might not be able to handle another war. North Korea’s main ally China should also be concerned. Studies show that China’s economy relies heavily on the west. Should the two Koreas go to war, it will not benefit either side other than a reunification between the two.
Although China has been neutral for quite some time now, it is time for them to take a side. They have been neutral for two reasons. The first reason is because their economy relies heavily on the west. The second reason they remain neutral is because if N.K. is taken over, China will be surrounded by many democratic nations, putting Communism at risk. Therefore while China can’t side with the west, they can’t fully support the actions of N.K. either.
In the recent years, there have been many incidents that have raised alarms in the Asian peninsula. The sinking of a S.K. submarine in March 2010, which killed 46 sailors, was only one of the many provocative events that took place. Another incident was a missle barrage in November 2010, which killed civilians. North Korea claims that each incident was justified with the South Korean’s at fault. In the submarine incident, an international investigation that included China, found the North Korean’s guilty of sinking the aquatic vessel. In the November event, N.K. claims that S.K. fired first.
Although newspapers may be biased in reporting the events, one thing is for sure, North Korea has shown signs of aggression. In society, when one or more individuals shows signs of aggression, it usually leads to violence. If the two Koreas were to go to war, it would put the whole world at war. S.K.’s allies include the U.S., Britain, France, Canada, Japan, and other democracies. N.K’s allies include China, Iran, Cuba, and possibly Russia. This eruption of allies will imminently lead to another world war.
There needs to be a nation that will mediate the two Koreas. China should step up and put N.K. on a leash. China is the main supplier of food and other necessities for N.K. While N.K.’s military is powerful, its civilians and economy are suffering. Instead of spending so much money on its military, they should spend on the general welfare.