Global Security Headlines

Monday, March 16, 2009

North Korea I: Clear and Present Danger to Global Security

Dangerous DPRK

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) a/k/a North Korea is another clear and present danger to global security like Iran. The nuclear genie out of the bottle worries global security planners and observers alike.

North Korea is nuclear and is testing long-range missiles to deliver these payloads while sharing (selling) its technology with other pariah regimes across the globe like a nuclear reactor in Syria.

Who leads the DPRK?

The DPRK is a mysterious country cloaked in secrecy, opaqueness, and intrigue. Its Juche philosophy - extreme self-reliance and sacrifice for the North Korean state - remains its guiding body of principles. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Pyonyang has become more militarily bellicose and politically isolated.

An apparent ailing Kim Jong-il has sparked a leadership crisis for the regime amidst its confrontation with its neighbors and the US over its nuclear program. Its economy is moribund. The populace "continues to suffer from prolonged malnutrition and poor living conditions." Its military, winner of most state resources, is poised to unleash a scorching artillery and missile barrage on South Korea and overrun its familiar nation.

What next for the DPRK?

A wounded animal fights to the death. The DPRK is spiraling downward for either a hard or soft landing. Its fragility however is no reason to recoil from the difficult task ahead. Our next post examines the military situation on the Korean peninsula and in our third post we discuss the red lines for a policy cracking the Korean chestnut that vexes global security policy makers.

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