For over a hundred years, Korea has always been invaded, influenced and fought over by its large neighbors, but Korea fought back as one united nation. It can be dated back to 1904, when Japan and Russia, the two large powers in East Asia at that time, fought for control of the country. Russia was defeated and Japan used its victory to annex Korea in 1910. Then, World War Two came about, dismantling the power of the Japanese Empire and Korea became a victim of the Cold War. Korea was divided into two spheres of influence, along the 38th parallel. While Japan surrendered, the United States and the Soviet Union swooped in to claim the Korean peninsula. The United States claimed the South of the divided land, while the Soviet Union claimed the
From generation to generation, North Korea stands as one of the last remaining communist regimes in the world. In a country built on oppression and regulation, why is it that no one seems to rebel? The sad truth remains that loyalty and obedience to North Korea’s supreme leader is an inescapable fate. From the day they are born, idolization of “The Supreme Leader” is drilled into the minds of those unlucky enough to be born into North Korea. Some would argue that extreme control is imposed merely to preserve a way of life. The question posed, is whether North Korea has gone too far in trying to protect this way of life. Through extreme limitations on use of electronics, speech, and religion, prohibiting virtually all contact with the outside world, and extensive use of propaganda, North Korea has greatly crossed the line from protecting a country’s best interest to taking away any and all freedom from its people.
The U.S. should start preparing for a long awaited scenario: The downfall of North Korea. No matter how long you take care of something, or try to protect it; it will never last. The same rule applies to governments, especially North Korea’s. North Korea has been around for a long time, and due to the surroundings and circumstances through which it stands, it has been able to maintain itself. In addition to that, its first leader Kim II Sung did a pretty good job at keeping his people in constant fear, and up to this date; his successors have made sure to keep the tradition going. Today the world is very different from what it was 50 years ago; roughly the amount of time North Korea has been standing, and just like communism faded away so will this communist state. The future of North Korea is most likely a downfall due to its young leader and his radical changes in government, the weak economy, and a possible revolt by the countries elite.
There has been an increase in the support of taking forceful actions towards North Korea which has seemed to be unpredictable in its steps and decision taken especially in terms of security. It has maintained its stand on the nuclear arsenal and other programs associated to it, creating a threat to the security of the whole region and the whole in general (Kim, 2002 pg.6). It has also refused to involve itself in any form of negotiation making the other nations abandon further negotiations and are determined to take some forceful action against it. I greatly disagree with the stand of forceful cause of action being taken against North Korea and the withdrawal of any further talks. The involvement of the North Korea in the nuclear plan and program will not be a threat to the other international nations. According to my argument I will be based on the support of North Korea’s nuclear proliferation and how it imposes no threat to the other nations by this. These nations that pushed for forceful actions taken against North Korea and abandonment of further negations and talks with it advocated for North Korea’s denuclearization.
"At the end of the Second World War so many people said, "If only we had known, if only we had known the wrongs that were done in the countries of the hostile forces..."(Michael Kirby). North Korea, an isolated country that has been known for it nuclear weapons program is now entering the news, but for the reason of abuse of citizens and threats of attacks internationally that have caused alarm. North Korean citizens should be receiving help because of the countries history with citizens, and now evidence of abuse, even with the threats coming from the countries goverment.
Just how bad are pure socialist economies? North Korea is the most well known socialist nation. The government came to control all economic decisions in the country. Most of the country’s resources were sent to the military. The country also used its resources on developing a nuclear program. The military growth used up all of the country’s necessary resources. In the late 90s and early 2000s, the majority of the country was suffering from hunger and malnutrition because food was scarce. Millions ended up dead, and those who survived only did because of the aid from other countries (like South Korea and other capitalist countries). The failure to provide food foe the country was due to their flawed economy. North Korea began to produce less
Secondly, I also learned that money and power is not a substitute for tenderness. Currently, I was studying hard to go to good college in Korea. This is because that directly relates to earn lots of money in the future. Due to effects from my parents, I thought that should be a goal of life. However, in the book, Morrie
The Experience Of The War In Korea
The Korean War was a trying time for America. The nation was getting involved in a war that had little or no possibility of a fortunate outcome. The Korean people were divided among how the country should be run. A uniform system of government looked like it may never come to be.
North Korea: Culture and Considerations
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea, is the nation occupying the northern half of the Korean peninsula. North Korea is a young state, and little is known about the nation in the United States, or in the world. So little in fact, that most Western Media depicts North Korea with negative connotations. North Korea has a closed-country policy, which hides its culture, history, and the daily lives of civilians in the nation from the rest of the world.
What do you think of when you hear the word “famine”? Do you think of natural disasters, of unpredictable tragedy, of innocent lives lost? Tragedy and death are inherent to the concept of starvation on a large scale, but the nature of some famines may have as much to do with politics as it does with the environment. What I expected to uncover as I began my research on the 1994-98 famine in North Korea was food shortages on a massive scale as a result of terrible growing conditions, extreme climates, unpredictable and unpreventable circumstances, for the most part. Admittedly, my knowledge of famine was limited to what I knew of the countryside of pre-communist China, where the most sustenance provided by the land the bare minimum was, and any number of external changes negatively effecting growth of or access to crops could equal devastation for entire regions. With that as my frame of reference, I was surprised by the uniquely political circumstances behind the famine in North Korea. The famine that killed 2-3 million in the 1990's was more closely tied to its independence from the southern half of the Korean peninsula it had once shared, to the fall of communism and the Soviet Union, than to any singular natural disaster. The millions that died did so as a result of their government prioritizing its independence over their survival, its budget over their sustenance. North Korea's famine was born of 1950's conflict, fueled by 1990's politics, and sustained by human error and hubris from within.