Well did you all hear that N. Korea has declared that they will continue to develop nuclear weapons/power unless the United States builds light water reactors for them? In their earlier agreement they just wanted aid in exchange for giving up its nuclear ambitions. I was thinking to myself when I heard the news and was like "what the hell kind of negotiation move is this?". Redefining terms in the middle of a negotiation is one thing but to force agreement through a agressive posture can only make the other party irritated.
The N. Koreas are now playing games with all the countries involved in the talks. To me they are saying "were going to build it anyways so lets extort the other big powers so we can try and be in the same league", militarily, economically, and have the same global influence. Using might a country can not gain the power in which they so seek. The United became to be its size through economical and decomocratic factors not an agressive military dictatorship.
Currently the North’s economy is the toliet, there are food shortages along power and little access to public works systems. Their neighbor S. Korea has been using a democratic/capitalistic approach and now look at them. They have one of the highest per capita incomes, living standards and technology breadth on the planet. At this rate N. Korea will continue its backwards momentum and make increasingly more difficult to get out of their economic sink hole.
The times are going to be hard with the N. Koreans since it is in our interest for them not to have the technology. Even if we give it to them they will still used the knew knowledge for less that ideal purposes. They are not responsible enough to have that sort of technology.
So what do we do? Well, we are in a pickle. There is no choice but to continue the talks because I don’t see any other choice because they will test the bombs. Then a bunch of new problems arise that I won’t get into in this piece. I am at loss of ideas how to approach this problem.