Oche, who raised me to love the English language though it was not his native tongue, had a pithy dismissal: "Unclear on the Concept."
That is all I can say when I read Ron Huisken's latest posting to the East Asian Forum, “North Korea's nuclear test." (Link)
Huisken identifies regime security as the DPRK's goal in its nuclear test program. He then suggests that what the other five members of the Six Party Talks should not do is offer the North Koreans regime security.
This would be the course of action if the goal were the confusion of the North Koreans.
Would it not be better to get the North Koreans to understand something, namely that
1) they can continue to pursue the goal of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile, only
2) it is pointless, as no one in the region has a desire to topple the DPRK regime and
3) if they continue their pursuit of this goal, they will end up utterly cut off from the rest of humankind?
The decision as to whether the Stalinist Kim dynastic state lingers on or is replaced should be left up to the North Koreans, based upon their own calculations of national and personal interest.
To be fair, Huisken at least frames his issues correctly and believes in his answers. Sadly, these minimal decencies are too much for some published commentators.
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