It seems like after all these years of threats and nuclear development, North Korea has finally been successful in getting South Koreans to jump off their seats. The constant conflict between these two countries is about to get out of hand, now with their young leaders, Kim and Park.
Since the beginning of his rule in North Korea, Kim Jong-un has declared his interest in supporting the military and nuclear development. This young dictator is prepared to do what it takes to make clear to the world that he has power. On the other hand, in South Korea, Park Geun-hye has to prove to her own people that she is powerful enough to retaliate if North Korea attacks.
the daughter of a military strongman who stood firm against North Korea…faces pressure to stand fast against the North…Ms. Park has promised to retaliate if her nation is attacked.
The event that triggered all of this upheaval was the underground nuclear tests that were carried out by the North Korean government on February 12th 2013. This is what sparked the talk of South Korea developing their own nuclear program. It is absolutely inconceivable to even consider developing more nuclear bombs. It may seem safe to go and threat North Korea with nuclear weapons, but that will only bring more hatred and a bigger warfare race between the two countries.
South Korea tries to justify their initiatives towards nuclear power, by claiming that the United States will not be looking over them for much longer. Their arguments have some validity because after all it isn’t the U.S.’s responsibility to have their backs, but at the same time it is obvious that the United States would exercise influence if North Korea were to use nuclear power against South Korea. South Korea will only worsen their conflict if they decide to invest in a nuclear program. Having the United States as a mediator has helped them have some diplomatic immunity in the international community, but if they retaliate on their own against North Korea, a war will break out and I doubt anyone will want to be involved. My point is not to say that South Korea doesn’t have the right to develop their own nuclear arsenal, but to point out the consequences that will follow if they do decide to choose such path.
As long as South Korea has tried to diplomatically respond to North Korean attacks, they have had the support of the international community, and they shouldn’t let the recent events in North Korea turn that scenario around.