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N. Korea on dangerous path

June 18, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

We hope President Barack Obama can convince other world leaders that he is right in his stance regarding North Korea. Clearly, that nation's militaristic regime has been playing the rest of the world for suckers - and that needs to end.

Pyongyang has been rattling its saber ever more loudly during recent weeks, with new tests of both nuclear weapons and missiles. During his recent visit to France, Obama was asked about that by reporters.

"Diplomacy has to involve the other side engaging in a serious way, and we have not seen that reaction from North Korea," Obama responded. He added that, "I don't think there should be an assumption that we will simply continue down a path in which North Korea is constantly destabilizing the region and we continue to act in the same way."

He is absolutely right.

The United States cannot stop North Korea through unilateral action. Cooperation from China and Russia is essential if North Korean leaders are to be convinced that they cannot continue to bully other nations.

To that end, Obama should make diplomatic initiatives against Pyongyang, in cooperation with China and Russia, one of the most pressing foreign policy priorities of his administration.



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