Monday 16 Jul 2018 | 07:32 | SYDNEY
Monday 16 Jul 2018 | 07:32 | SYDNEY

North Korea: And another thing...


Sam Roggeveen


1 July 2008 19:28

In addition to the arguments I put in previous posts defending the Six-Party Talks process and the North Korea nuclear accommodation, I heard another today at a seminar: it's the regime that matters as much as its weapons.

 The reason we care so much about North Korea's nuclear weapons, this argument goes, is the nature of the regime and its belligerency towards South Korea and its friends and allies. Sure, it would be great to get rid of the weapons, but if the regime became less belligerent and altogether more 'normal', we could learn to live with the nukes if we had to. That's nothing like an optimal solution, but it would be better than what we have.

With that in mind, it can be argued that the Six Party process, whatever its outcome, is helping to 'socialise' the Pyongyang regime, bringing it closer to the international community and making it slightly less likely that North Korea would ever use its weapons.