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North Korea: What the Peace Party would be doing were it to be influential in government

A. What we see – the following is an imaginary Cabinet Briefing on North Korea attended by UK representatives at UN, Security Council and General Assembly

Building and testing missiles capable of hitting targets as far away as the USA;
Developing and testing nuclear weapons able to be delivered by those missiles; Having a large military organisation;
Being one of the poorest countries in the world;
Having a military alliance with China;
Technically still at war with South Korea (no peace treaty ever having been signed despite attempts over many years)

What North Korea (probably those in power in NK) might be feeling about its position in the World

Threatened – fearful that it will be taken over by the United States and its ally, South Korea, that its leaders will lose power, credibility and influence – and their lifestyle – in front of their people;

Still smarting that it failed to unite the Korean Peninsula under communism/a communist dictatorship in the 1950s;

Jealous of the material success of its US-supported neighbour, South Korea;

Having a probably narcissistic leader

B. What we see on the other side of the de-militarised zone separating North and South Korea

a. United States with a massive military presence based in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Pacific islands such as Guam;
b. an arsenal of nuclear weapons sufficient to destroy the Earth several times over;
c. a probably narcissistic President;
d. determined to throw his weight around to impress his electorate by issuing threats against North Korea;
e. power-hungry – enjoying being head of a country that controls the world’s greatest stock of nuclear weaponry and delighting playing the role of world policeman;
f. feeling that he has his god on his side;
g. seeing communism as the devil incarnate and that he is the one to destroy it;
h. feeling threatened by that tiny country that is acquiring nuclear weapons.

C. Action that the Peace Party-supported government would take

1. The Cabinet is determined to work through the United Nations, the General Assembly and the Security Council and adamant that it will, of course, never join in with any war

2. The Cabinet has noted that the Security Council has unanimously agreed that all countries should increase trade sanctions against North Korea until its nuclear weapons programme has been brought to a halt. The Cabinet has noted that taking sides in a dispute like this one is unlikely to be helpful but asks UK representatives to maintain a watching brief and report back from time to time.

3. The Cabinet has noted that there have been moves by both North and South Korea to meet in order to improve relations and perhaps eventually to unite the country again. It is agreed that UK diplomats should talk informally to both sides to find out how UK negotiators might help in the dialogue that will be necessary to restore “normal” relations. The Cabinet knows that sanctions are often unhelpful and indeed damaging to livelihoods of ordinary citizens and that they should be removed as soon as possible.

4. The Cabinet instructs UK representatives at the UN to help in all ways to bring delegates from North Korea and the United States together to:

a. bring the threatening behaviour from both sides to a rapid end, pointing out all the dangers that war can bring not only to both their countries but to all others (nuclear radiation would know no boundaries as Chernobyl showed so clearly);
b. engage in talks to agree their mutual needs and to
c. seek ways to help all concerned (i.e. the world community) to satisfy them.

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