North Korea has unequivocally admitted its nuclear weapons possession.
Kim Kye Gwan, the North Korean Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs stated that North Korea is already “a nuclear state” to the
high-level US Congressional delegation that had made a visit to North
Korea in January. Thanks to Kim’s statement, prevailing argument such
as the US is pressuring North Korea using nuclear weapons as an excuse,
which the North does not even possess, lost its validity in to creating
any further disputes.
It is known to us that Kim Kye Gwan further stated that North’s
nuclear possession is for ‘defense purposes’ and that ‘possession
will not be permanent.’ How can there be such a thing as nuclear
weapons for defense purposes? Nuclear weapons are not patriot missiles
nor are they like the regular weapons which are to be launched because
an enemy launches one. How did North Korea come up with the argument
of the ‘nukes for defense purpose’? Along these lines, we are assured
of North Korean regime’s foolish reality judgment.
The present nuclear states include United States, Russia, China,
France, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, and Israel (predicted).
South Africa attempted to possession nuclear weapons but abandoned
it, and other countries once part of Soviet Union that inherited
nuclear device voluntarily renounced their nuclear possessions.
It is a known fact that a state can secure international acknowledgement
by nuclear weapons possession. However, this is only true for a
‘normal state.’ States highly distrusted or classified as terrorist
supporting states never gained international acknowledgement through
nuclear possession, not even silent acknowledgement. Kim Jong Il
would have liked to make North Korea as the number case to break
that record, but his attempt will fail just as other states have
and will meet the end he would not have liked to expect.
Time and Current Affairs, No Longer on Kim Jong Il’s Side
North Korea never intended to abandon its nuclear possessions.
Even after the Geneva Agreement, North Korea had been secretly continuing
its nuclear development and we have discovered that it had pursued
an upgraded way of nuclear development such as uranium enrichment.
According to the testimonies of former North Korean high rank officials
such as Hwang Jang Yop, former International Secretary of the North
Korean Worker’s Party, Kim Jong Il has long been planning to continue
developing nuclear weapons and if anything, uses it as a negotiating
card. This is a ‘kill two birds with one stone strategy’ where it
continues developing nuclear weapons yet use it as a threat to extort
money from other countries at the same time.
North Korea is reaching the last stop. It has utterly admitted
its nuclear possession. Until recently statements lingered around
ambiguous expressions such as “we have secured nuclear deterrence”
or “we can possess more than nuclear weapons,” but this time, they
clearly announced that it is a ‘nuclear state.’ Kim Jong Il may
have predicted that at about this point the international society
would become alarmed and ask “what is it you want?” He wants to
replay the sweet memory of 1993-1994. However, as we can see, the
environment is silent and cold.
Above all, Kim Jong Il met the wrong match. The United States is
not longer the same United States as before and the same with the
international society. The President and the Secretary of State
have called North Korea ‘outposts of tyranny’ from the beginning
and now, the administrator entered its second term. It would be
like a nightmare for Kim Jong Il. Especially now that the North
Korean nuclear problem is in discussion in the frame called ‘six-party
talks’ in which North Korea cannot play games with the U.S. like
before but is pressured by the larger nations to find a solution.
If it fails to reach an agreement, the problem will be taken to
the United Nations for further negotiation. Once taken to the UN,
North Korean nuclear possession will become an international problem,
which will give Kim Jong Il the least desirable results.
Meanwhile, Kim Jong Il will be threatening the world saying, “Are
you not afraid of our nukes?” but no state will be threatened by
him. Not even the brother country China, not even South Korea that
had been dragged around by North Korean demands, will be able to
find any reason to advocate in favor of North Korea. As Kim Jong
Il feels driven into a corner, whatever he attempts, Kim will only
cause more isolation of his country. Today, we can easily predict
pro-North Korea groups equivocating words and advocating for North
Korea’s ‘defense purpose nuclear weapons’ shouting the ‘U.S must
abandon its hostile policy towards North Korea.’ However, if they
really desire Kim Jong Il to maintain his regime any longer, the
best way would be to directly tell Kim Jong Il, who is now digging
his own grave, to abandon nuclear weapons. Time and the state of
current affairs are no longer on Kim Jong Il’s side.