Publication Year

1996

Keywords

North Korea, international relations, politics, nuclear war, foreign policy, diplomacy

Disciplines

Asian History | East Asian Languages and Societies | International and Area Studies | International Relations

Abstract

The threat of nuclear weapon development by North Korea affects many aspects of global relations and safety. The tense situation developing in East Asia will have repercussions for many years to come. Burdened with an unstable government, an uncertain leader and a collapsing economy, North Korea needs to assert its strength to the rest of the world in order to obtain its goals. It has done so by pumping up its nuclear weapon development. Besides the threat North Korea poses, there is another side of this situation that can pose a problem when it comes to formulating a policy that will halt North Korea's nuclear program. The ideological difference as well as the disagreements over certain foreign policy situations between the United States and those countries involved in the region will result in one more obstacle to surpass in order to reach a peaceful conclusion. It is evident that North Korea is using the potential threat of nuclear development as a tool to achieve its goals: diplomatic recognition, trade and possible reunification of the Korean peninsula. However, it is up to the United States and the rest of the countries involved in the region to sway, pressure or influence North Korea into cooperating with the international community and comply with their requests in order to prevent a possible nuclear arms race or another Korean War.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

International Relations

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