While Malaysians are still arguing themselves hoarse in the legal courts as well as the Court of opinion regarding the Perak issue, a potentially dangerous threat is rising on the other side of East Asia.
North Korea has undertaken another nuclear test, and this time, the device was enough to wipe off a city equal to that of Hiroshima.
With its missile capabilities, North Korea now has the potential power of destroying cities in South Korea, Japan and China.
This single act has raised the tension in the region, and US and its allies would be hard pressed to deal with this.
We really do not know much about North Korea. even less about the leadership. What we know is mainly from the reports from the West, and those reports might be biased. BUt what if those reports are true?
What if North Korea, with its economy in tatters, decided to sell some of its arsenals to terrorist groups? What if these terrorist group decided to unleash the device in US or Europe?
What if North Korea decides to use its nuclear device against its South, even though they are their own blood brothers? ( already North Korea has warned of military action against the South today ..read this report )
On the other hand, when China exploded its first nuclear device in the 60s, was it not considered the pariah/danger of the world then? Only when the world made an effort to understand CHina with Nixon’s visit to China in the early 70s, that the world at large realised that CHina was not likely to invade others, and that under Deng Xiao Ping, the country would concentrate more on building its economy and improving the standard of living of its people , more than anything else.
What path will North Korea follow?
It may depend on whether the world is willing to sit down and talk with its leaders , rather than sanction and threat of military action.
Engagement is always better than isolation..