Monday, April 10, 2006

North Korea, Iran and the Nuclear Issue

North Korea's refusal to enter into six-way talks on its nuclear program might be related directly to the nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and Iran.

The recent rumors of possible strike planning against Iran must be making their way to Pyongyang. Indeed yesterday, the official Korea Central News Agency again stated that the nation was prepared for any "pre-emptive" strike and specifically mentioned the U.S.

All the talk of attacks on Iran and even the possible use of nuclear weapons against its underground facilities only create an atmosphere of distrust, and fuel hatred against America.

Most people now realize that pre-emptive warfare does nothing to increase world security. What it has done is increase human suffering and an atmosphere of belligerence among the world's nations. The Asia Pacific region has no real interest in isolating North Korea and its people.

It doesn't take a genius to see the hypocrisy in forcing a nation not to build its own nuclear weapons, while threatening it with one's own nukes.

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