North Korea

How they see it

A new crisis in North Korea

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 April, 2013, 1:42am

1. The New York Times

Recent weeks of sabre-rattling and military escalation have affirmed a harsh truth: North Korea - which is much closer to putting a nuclear warhead on a missile than Iran and has threatened to strike the United States and its allies - is the more urgent challenge. The major powers still haven't figured out how to solve it … Many experts assume Kim Jong-un won't attack the world's top military power or its allies, but Washington has an obligation to guarantee that if this assumption is wrong, it can defend the homeland … China remains central to any coherent strategy and some Chinese elites have urged Beijing to abandon its ally. Whether that happens, China needs to robustly enforce the United Nations sanctions it helped enact and stand with the United States and others in delivering a unified message. (New York)


2. The Chosunilbo

Kim is dreaming if he thinks he can build up the country's economy simultaneously with its nuclear arsenal. The regime has been brainwashing its people that nuclear weapons would enable it to channel resources into bolstering the economy without having to spend money on defence. But the main reason North Korea became one of the poorest countries in the world is that it poured all of its money into developing nuclear weapons and missiles, while isolating itself from the world through its bellicose behaviour … Seoul and Washington are more than willing to talk with North Korea and provide economic aid if it abandons its nuclear ambitions. If the North really wants to develop its economy, the path it must take is clear. (Seoul)


3. Global Times

Regional countries are witnessing Pyongyang, which has gained the advantage in the confrontation with the US-South Korea alliance, create instability in Northeast Asia … It's impossible to persuade the North to give up its nuclear ambitions. The international community will not admit the North's status as a nuclear country … North Korea is still the weakest country in Northeast Asia. North Korea should not be allowed to think it is a real power. China is unable to persuade the North to give up its nuclear programme, but it can play a role in urging the North's regime to keep calm … China's strategic aim should be to prevent a major war from breaking out on the Korean Peninsula … China should strengthen its endurance in tackling a peninsular crisis and make a plan to deal with any emergencies. (Beijing)