korean scare

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Sep 2017 11:24:46

WITH North Korean nuclear threat getting more serious, scary prospects loom large over the world. For, in an exasperated response to the Korean overtures, United States President Mr. Donald Trump went to the extent of threatening at the United Nations that the US will have no option left than totally destroying North Korea.

This very aggressive statement did create much ruffle at the United Nations General Assembly as the American leader made his assertion. If there were sounds of concern from some quarters, there also were nods of agreement that North Korea was really pushing things too hard, perhaps intentionally. Therefore, even what looked like an extreme stance by the US also found some favour in the global community. Mr. Trump’s statement, however, highlighted the international concern as well as scare following the North Korean aggressiveness. 

There is little doubt that in recent years, North Korea has gone overboard with its nuclear weapons programme. So brazen has it become that some of its new missiles were tested with trajectory arching over the neighbouring Japan and then landing into the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. North Korean leaders often keep threatening the world in general and the US in particular of dire consequences of meddling with their country. Their stance appears to be one of war-mongering and unmindful of the international concern. They have cared a damn for the global concerns and international pressure, indicating, thus, to the world that they have no commitment to peace and prosperity.

It is against this background that the US President felt compelled to issue an extreme threat that destroying North Korea would be the only option. This threat stemmed also from a frustration that the North Koreans are just not willing to open dialogue as well. Many nations share the American concern about this growing unease in Asia.

In the years to come, the Asian theatre is quite likely to be the stage of next major international conflict, thanks to the aggressive stance by not just North Korea but also by China. These two countries are aggressive for reasons not easily intelligible to other countries.

If North Korea has not engaged in territorial ambitions, China has displayed that tendency pronouncedly, needling its neighbours. In the past fifty years or so, China has established firmer foothold in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka or Pakistan for example. It has flooded them with conditional help aimed at making China the biggest player in regional realpolitik.

All these activities -- of North Korea or China -- have led the global community to suspect their actual intentions. Nuclear programmes are going on in many countries under international regulators. Countries like India have their own version of rejecting certain international regulations for obvious and correct reasons. As a responsible State, India would not like to be named on the same page as Pakistan. No matter the details, what is happening in Asia has a strong relation to what North Korea and China are doing.

It is because of this reason that India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has engaged himself in intense regional diplomatic activity to weave a web of friends whose collective prowess could put appropriate pressure on China and North Korea. It is difficult to make accurate predictions about what shape Asian politics will take in global context. Yet, prospects have an element of scare hidden in their folds. When a Donald Trump issues a threat that he may resort to destroying a country, then the world becomes very uneasy. This unease does not stem from its love for North Korea. It does so for universal reasons.