Monday, May 17, 2010

Relations of U.S.A. and North Korea

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Even though U. S. President George W. Bush had named North Korea as a part of an “Axis of Evil” following the September 11, 2001 attacks, U. S. officials stated that the United States was not planning any immediate military action. According to John Feffer, co-director of the think tank Foreign Policy in Focus, the primary problem is that the current U. S. administration fundamentally doesn’t want an agreement with North Korea. The Bush administration considers the 1994 Agreed Framework to have been a flawed agreement. It doesn’t want be saddled with a similar agreement, for if it did sign one, it would then be open to charges of “appeasing” Pyongyang. The vice President has summed up the approach as: “We don’t negotiate with evil, we defeat evil.” American ire at North Korea is further inflamed by allegations of state-sponsored drug smuggling, money laundering, and wide scale counterfeiting. Diplomatic efforts at resolving the North Korean situation are complicated by the different goals and interests of the nations of the region. While none of the parties desire a North Korea with nuclear weapons, Japan and South Korea are especially concerned about North Korean counter-strikes following possible military action against North Korea. The People’s Republic of China and South Korea are also very worried about the economic and social consequences should this situation cause the North Korean government to collapse. In early 2000 the Zurich-based company ABB was awarded the contract to provide the design and key components for two light-water nuclear reactors to North Korea.

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