David vs. Goliath: The Korean Peninsula Crisis in Four Questions

On November 29, North Korea conducted its twelfth (out of fourteen) successful ballistic missile tests in 2017, a test whose range is estimated to be 13,000 km. This last test comes after a very-welcome lull during Trump’s trip to Asia that lasted several weeks. By tacit agreement, Kim Jong-un observed a relative calm, leaving the door open to diplomatic channels. Trump, meanwhile, was reserved and was not as brave during his Asian journey, as he let it be known in his tweets and public outings. Why this last test? Probably seeing that the outcome was not being settled at the pace desired by Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un made a new display of power to remind the world (and especially the US) that North Korea is there, it must not be forgotten nor underestimated. Ultimately, North Korea wants to break its isolation and join the international community on a solid basis in which its regime is neither threatened nor destabilized. How then to achieve the goal sought by North Korea? Precisely by using its most powerful card, namely the nuclear weapon and long-range missiles capable of reaching US territory. It is a powerful card that has a significant deterrent when it comes to negotiations. The US will have to think twice before resuming a war with disastrous and lasting consequences, with Hiroshima and Nagasaki serving as examples. However, for the DPRK, joining the international community means that it would have to give up its nuclear ambitions and sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty … Continue reading David vs. Goliath: The Korean Peninsula Crisis in Four Questions