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Korean Conflict Ii Essay

1270 words - 6 pages


Korean Conflict II
July 10, 2009

Kim Jong -il
Kim Jong-il is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission, Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army, and General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea which has been the ruling party since 1948. He succeeded his father Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, who died in 1994, and commands the fourth largest standing army in the world. North Korea officially refers to him as the Dear Leader. Kim Jong-il was born in the village of Vyatskoye, near Khabarovsk, in 1941. His father, Kim Il-sung, commanded the 1st Battalion of the Soviet 88th Brigade. The unit consisted of Chinese and Korean ...view middle of the document...

The conflict between the US and North Korea goes back to the Korean War. However it appears as though Korea is trying to push the US into another War. They have been testing missiles close to US soil. Also Korean warships patrolled the Sea of Japan and Patriot batteries were set up around Tokyo as North Korea counted down to a missile launch intended to challenge President Barack Obama as he attends the G20 summit in London. Two Japanese guided missile destroyers set sail under orders to intercept the Taepodong-2 if the launch goes wrong and it threatens to come down in Japan, a key US ally. North Korea has said any interception would amount to an act of war.
Kim Jong-il, the North Korean dictator, has hinted that if the missile is destroyed, his country will strike back violently, and conduct a second nuclear weapons test and ruin years of American disarmament diplomacy. On May 25 and May 26, 2009, North Korea continued to escalate the conflict through a clear violation of the United Nations resolution which prohibits their development of nuclear missiles. On Monday, May 25th, they reported successful underground nuclear tests, which seismic and military analysts have confirmed.
Strategies for conflict resolution
There are a few options the United States could take in consideration as to resolving this conflict. However military response does not seem to be a wise choice. After researching all parties involved Kim Jong-il is not the type of man that responds to threats or force this would inevitably lead to a war where both parties would suffer a tremendous lost. Pay offs are another option that would prove futile Kim Jong-il’s personality type would most likely take that as a sign of weakness his threats would become more outrageous and the payoffs would never be enough. There are two options that might be beneficial and productive for the US to consider and implement. When dealing with a man like Kim you have to hit them where it hurts. So why not start with his pockets. The US could execute boycotts and economic sanctions. If the US is successful they could affect the economy in North Korea immensely thus, removing the threat by reducing their funding for missiles and testing. If the US rallied up allies with other countries this tactic would be efficient and the effects would be seen rather quickly. As a last resort the US could consider political assassination this option should only be considered after all other attempts at resolution have failed.
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