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May 25, 2009
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Bob Macdonald   May 25th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

There is nothing to be gained from threatening North Korea or trying to scare them. The whole society is built on paranoia and something called 'Army-centered Thought.' In that context, and the fact they see the US as the most evil force in the world, anything aggressive will just make them do more things like this.

The best strategy is to engage them, do business with them, make them feel comfortable and happy, and treat them with respect. And let South Korea lead on engagement: they have a good strategy (the Sunshine Policy) and they understand the culture and the history.

Adin   May 25th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

I am not concerned with North Korea's nuclear test, and i will not be as long as it's on their soil and if they will not use it against some country. The world is very hypocritical, how come the USA, Russia, France, UK, China and other countries who posses nuclear weapon can crticize North Korea or Iran from wanting (and only if they really want) a nuclear weapons? First of all, they should abolish nuclear weapons, and after that they would be an example for the rest of the world and their criticism would mean something.
North Korea needs more attention and interest from the world, new chances, compromises.... The international community can't just condemn them, criticise them, introduce new sanctions.... that's not the way..... Talks and good will from both sides will resolve anything.

Adin S. , Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tunde Taiwo   May 25th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

North Korea and its like are a steady growing cancer that must be checked by all means, because if allowed to continue growing, the effects will be felt by the whole world. I sincerely hope The World Leaders will find a permanent solution to it sooner than later.

Larry   May 25th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

The reason this doesn't concern me is the same reason that nothing will change in North Korea. Because dictators like Kim, know better than anyone about the empty rhetoric spouted off by the rest of the world, particularly the U.N., mean nothing. They'll threaten sanctions, and maybe and that's a big MAYBE, they'll follow through. But the fact is, that sanctions won't hurt Kim, just like they don't hurt anyone we put them on. All that will result from this is yet another punishment of a nations people for the sins of their leaders, and yet another testament to the utter toothless, impotence of useless organizations like the United Nations.

Jack Quann -Dublin, Ireland   May 26th, 2009 9:50 am ET

There is a certain concern over such a secretive and sometimes catatonic regime having such power. In a similar way to Iran, unpredictability and occasional irrationality add to the worry that some people have. The reason for not so much concern over countries like the USA, France or the UK having such weapons is because these governments/regimes are quite open and transparent (whether or not their leaders are competent is another debate). The weapons per-say are not a threat -yet. It is the lack of knowledge of the country and its intentions that is the problem.

nelson Caves   May 26th, 2009 1:21 pm ET

It a great concern for the world to have a crazy regime with nuclear power, but now Obama is making bigger fool of himself allowing this to happen and still trying to hsve talks. IT DOESNT WORK, wake up world

Kayla Montiel   December 27th, 2011 6:26 pm ET

Hey guys, Could be the U.S. considerably greater off staying with Syria's Assad?

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