Saturday 3 December 2016

Little the West can do to change North Korea

Adrian Hamilton

Published 25/11/2010 | 05:00

Protesters burn a portrait of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il and his nation's flag in front of the defence ministry yesterday in Seoul, South Korea, as tensions rose between both parts of the Korean peninsula
Protesters burn a portrait of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il and his nation's flag in front of the defence ministry yesterday in Seoul, South Korea, as tensions rose between both parts of the Korean peninsula

THE very worst response to the Korean crisis is to do what President Obama did yesterday: that is to announce a joint US-South Korean military exercise on the border this weekend.

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The State Department then explained that the exercise had been planned for some time and that its aim was one of deterrence rather than aggression. But it also announced that it would be moving an aircraft carrier from Japan to Korean waters immediately.

We've been here before and it's never done any good. Certainly it's done nothing to change Pyongyang's behaviour. It was South Korea's military exercises this month, in response to the sinking of one of its warships by a North Korean submarine, that helped bring about the latest clash as the northern regime upped the ante by opening artillery fire on Yeonpyeong Island.

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