The Bhutan suddenly wishes we hadn't said that...
True. But our thinking was more on the lines that the DPRK might do the old Richard III thing - "the rest that love me, rise and follow me" - and take a whole load of other rogue states out of the UN with them.
Tonga believes The Bhutan has found the crux of the whole problem. When dealing with a nuclear armed state all stick and no significant carrot isn't going to work.
But what does the DPRK want? Any international aid, foodwise or otherwise (in an effort to stop them starving even more of their own citizens), will be seen, and portrayed, as external interference, if not a US plot. And the only other thing they are likely to want is weaponry, which is precisely what they cannot be allowed to have.
That may well all be true, but does it advance things? We need to present a united front on the issue, and we need some ideas on how to defuse the DPRK.
Well, we say "we", but what we mean is "you", because the Bhutan's not exactly going to be the strongest voice at the negotiating table.
Nothing to stop the DPRK leaving the UN, there is something to stop teehar letting the DPRK leave the UN.
I'm not sure if any of you have read the latest edition of The Economist, but if you haven't, please do. It has a short 3-4page write-up on the DPRK nuclear issue.
Basically, North Korea wants to be treated like Iran. Iran is at the centre of the world's attention. Iran has repeatedly been given huge packages of incentives for it to cease its nuclear programme -- and the only reason this has happened is because Iran continues to provoke and stretch boundaries. If you recall, Iran has also launched a couple of ballistic missiles in recent times (the Shihab-* model IIRC). North Korea wants exactly that. It knows that its economy cannot survive without foreign intervention and aid.. and the only way it can get that (in a timely manner without much need for words) is to blackmail the world.
We must all agree not to engage North Korea in direct talks, to prevent the regime from playing each of us out against one another.
We must all strongly urge China, one of the DPRK's strongest allies, to condemn the launch of the missiles. China is one of the biggest contributors of aid to the regime, and if China takes a tough stance on the issue, the DPRK will get the message.
Will it now. You're assuming that the government of the DPRK is passably sane, which may not be the case.
The Switzerland does condemn these tests and feels that is a step in the wrong direction for the peace in the international community. However we cannot just impose sanctions on North Korea and expect them to comply, if they were to conform to rules these tests wouldn't have happened in the first place.
Military action against NK should be considered but not acted upon . We must remember that they won't go down without a fight and no doubt there will be unrest amongst many nations. It would be better if we host diplomatic talks with representatives -- it's the only way to diffuse this situation peacefully. Switzerland fully supports and agrees with the US, UK, France and Japan.
On a different note: I read that some of the missiles that NK is testing are capable of reaching Alaska, [out of character] I would recommend that the people there grab a tin hat and a bible[/out of character].