Biden Continues the Status Quo in North Korea

It seems apparent that the Biden administration is off to a wonderful start with its diplomatic ambitions, as we have already seen a “war of words” between the United States and Russia and China and friendlier relations between Russia, China, Venezuela, and Iran. One of the nations joining in on the growing alliance, North Korea, had some chilling words to the untrained American ear. However, this rhetoric is common, and much of it is based on fear of an invasion of the northern half of the peninsula.

Intervention has been the way of life for most American presidents in the modern era, and many nations, including Russia, China, Venezuela, Bolivia, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, and Nicaragua are growing weary of such actions (even going as far as to condemn the United States and promote the ideas of non-intervention worldwide). If North Korea has some reservations about the United States’ foreign policy, perhaps we should pay attention. Lack of doing so could lead to a war that most people would not be particularly fond of sending their loved ones to fight.

In an unsuccessful attempt to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the United States’ decades-long policy has been aggressive, and it is not difficult to understand why the country would want a nuclear weapons deterrent and would be less than enthusiastic to relinquish what it already has. In recent years, the United States has engaged in wars or bombing campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Pakistan, and it has threatened Venezuela and Iran with economic and military intimidation. It has not mattered whether the administration is Republican or Democrat, and the continuity of detrimental foreign policy is a grave concern to many nations around the world.

Regular military exercises between the United States and South Korea are an area of great contention, and although many Americans accept the idea that its forces need to be prepared in case of an attack by the North, the Kim dynasty views this as the planning phase for a future invasion. For Americans growing up learning that North Korea is evil, this may sound absurd, but from its perspective, this would be the equivalent of the North launching bluff missile charges that are then taken seriously by the American administration in power.

The fact of the matter is that the people of neither country want war, and until we take under consideration that the governments of both are the problem, diplomacy will be difficult. As long as the United States takes the hardline position of intimidation, imposing economic sanctions that are detrimental to the people and do little to sway the ruling class, being actively and constantly present in the region, and holding military drills (though this was scaled back some with the Singapore Summit in 2018), all without compromise, war will always be a possibility.

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Published on March 24, 2021 14:04
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