June 16, 2009
The June 9 editorial " Hostages " outlined ways that China could influence its client regime, North Korea, to alter its behavior, specifically related to the current hostage crisis. This assumes that China wants to break Pyongyang's "pattern" of provoking crises to receive concessions. Most notably, China has failed to implement sanctions laid out by U.N. Security Council Resolutions 1695 and 1718 regarding North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Thank you for your mention of why the American journalists being held, Euna Lee...
April 7, 2009
THE DEFINING characteristic of U.S. policy toward North Korea -- incoherence -- doesn't seem to have changed much as the Bush administration has given way to that of Barack Obama. On Sunday, Mr. Obama treated North Korea's launch of an intercontinental missile like an emergency : Woken in Prague at 4:30 a.m. by his aides, he sternly declared that "rules must be binding" and "violations must be punished," and dispatched his U.N. ambassador to seek an immediate resolution from the Security Council.
August 9, 2009 |
Amid the widespread relief that American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have avoided the brutal fate meted out to them by a North Korean court, it may seem captious to consider the long-term implications of President Bill Clinton's trip. The impulse to save two young women from 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean gulag is powerful. Yet now that this goal has been achieved, we need to balance the emotions of the moment against the precedent for the future. It is inherent in hostage situations that potentially heartbreaking human conditions...
January 20, 2013 |
A s Americans celebrate President Obama's second inaugural and Martin Luther King Jr. Day — events that symbolize the power of human freedom and perseverance against oppression — for many others such freedom is a distant dream. Among the most repressive countries in the world, North Korea holds as many as 200,000 people in the vast gulag system known as the kwan-li-so. Under the guilt-by-association system established during the...
October 13, 2009 |
SEOUL, Oct. 12 -- North Korea fired five short-range missiles into the sea Monday and declared a navigation ban in waters off its eastern and western coasts, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The launches occurred a week after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il suggested that his country would return to six-nation nuclear disarmament talks, if the North could first hold one-on-one talks with the United States to convert "hostile relations" into "peaceful ties. " North Korea, a leading manufacturer and...
May 5, 2008
South Korea's criticism of North Korea's human rights record need not prevent its providing food and fertilizer to hungry people in the North ["S. Korean Principles vs. Hunger in North," news story, April 30]. Hunger should know no politics, as President Ronald Reagan declared to justify food aid to Ethiopians starving under a brutal communist regime in the 1980s. Since Kim Jong Il, out of anger or pride, will not request the aid, South Korea should donate it to the World Food Program for distribution up north.