Concerns over North Korea’s Nuclear Program
To start, I’d like to express my gratitude for your decision not to give up North Korea’s nuclear program. I’ve heard and read the statements you’ve presented in favor of nuclearizing North Korea. With all due respect, however, I strongly disagree with many of your actions on this issue. This is largely due to the fact that nuclear bombs pose a direct danger to the future of the human race and our world in general. I understand that gaining the status of being a nuclear state is quite vital for North Korea and to you as the country’s leader. I also recognize that attaining respect and prestige in the global arena is one of the main reasons why North Korea has decided to develop nuclear weapons (Al Jazeera News). There is no doubt that some nuclear-weapon nations such as the USA, Russia, the UK, France, and China have internationally gained certain prestige; however, there are countries that have gained international recognition and prestige not necessarily by owning nuclear warhead. Instead, I think you should consider the fact that nuclear arms are the most hazardous weapons capable of destroying major cities and killing millions of people (UNODA). Nuclear artilleries also have the ability not only to jeopardize the current natural environment, but also threaten the lives of the forthcoming generations because of lasting catastrophic effects. I urge you to contemplate on how seven decades ago only two nuclear bombs were able to demolish almost the entire cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (UNODA). I believe the horrifying images of that fateful day in Japan are clear and bright enough for every world leader to see the danger of such weapons from their mere existence.
I know you hold on to the notion that developing nuclear weapons can deter other countries from attacking North Korea with their arms. It is for this reason that I think you want to continue developing nuclear weapons. I understand that just like other countries, North Korea needs to survive and protect itself from outside aggression through strong political ideologies and becoming an invincible military power (Al Jazeera News). However, as a world leader, you should also consider that the actions you have taken to make North Korea an invincible power are creating tensions which might result in a serious conflict, even a war. This could necessitate the need to use such weapons in form of retaliations. However, such a war would have incredible, lasting destructive power that would not only harm the people of North Korea and those from other targets, but also travel far beyond the original places of impact (CND). It is for this reason that world leaders are trying to regulate the spread of nuclear technology and materials and ensure that the number of such weapons is reduced. In other words, choosing to continue with the North Korea nuclear program already puts the entire world in danger should there be a conflict.
As the North Korean leader, I know you might also want to view your course of action as a way of developing your country economically. It is true that nuclear technologies are associated with a country’s economic development due to the many benefits of such innovations (Al Jazeera News). Therefore, it might be due to this reason that North Korea does not want to give up on its nuclear program. Nonetheless, despite the benefits associated with nuclear technologies, it still holds the greatest potential for ecological harm and human destruction. Your decision to continue developing nuclear weapons has recently resulted in wars of words between you and other words leaders (Al Jazeera News). It is a matter of concern because there are possibilities that it might lead to an actual war. However, in any nuclear conflict, the environmental catastrophe would cause more mortalities compared to some of the instant local effects. I would like to inform you that in case of a nuclear war, the cumulative effects of fissile firestorms can lead to a deadly global climate crisis that will affect almost everyone on this planet including North Koreans (CND). According to experts, nuclear firestorms can create a stratospheric smoke layer that could result in a lethal worldwide climate change (CND). The results could threaten the continued existence of the human race. Therefore, you might want to compromise on some of the associated benefits of nuclear technologies.
I understand that most states would normally want to maintain an area of superiority with their neighbors (Chang). Therefore, you may want to keep nuclear weapons to distinguish North Korea from other neighboring nations. But again, you should also consider some of the radioactive effects of a nuclear war as based on the current situation, it is likely that world governments might consider military solutions to denuclearize North Korea. It might involve the use of fissile weapons to attack North Korea. However, this would be devastating because smaller particles from nuclear weapons would rise into the stratosphere (CND). While the smaller articles would be distributed globally into the stratosphere, the larger atoms would settle as local fallout. Deadly levels of fallout can spread several hundreds of kilometers and miles from the detonation areas. The areas that would be contaminated with these particles would stay uninhabitable for tens of thousands of years (CND). In the event of such an occurrence, North Korea and other regions would experience devastating impacts, something no world leader would want to be a part of.
Finally, you should also consider some of the efforts the world has made to ensure that North Korea is denuclearized. There have been negotiation efforts over the years to ensure that North Korea does not develop nuclear weapons (Al Jazeera News). However, after failed mediation attempts to make your country give up its missile development, there have been efforts to limit economic assistance to North Korea (Al Jazeera News). I think the actions the world has currently taken hurt the citizens of the country. For instance, North Korea is increasingly being isolated by the world through unending sanctions, a move that could have a major impact on your country’s economic growth (Chang). North Korea depends on the rest of the world for assistance and if it keeps on being taken away, your country might not achieve much even if it continues to develop nuclear technologies. I know you might see these efforts as an act of hostility against your country, therefore, prompting you to conduct more missile tests as a form of retaliation. However, if you could consider the dangers posed by nuclear weapons, I think there should be a lasting favorable solution for all.
I urge you to respond positively to any negotiation efforts being made by world governments. By considering some of the arguments made against possession of nuclear weapons, I think North Korea and the world can reach a mutually beneficial compromise.
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Chang, Charis. “North Korea: Why It Wants Nuclear Weapons and China Can’t Stop It.” NewsComAu, 17 April 2017, www.news.com.au/technology/why-its-so-important-for-north-korea-to-develop-nuclear-weapons/news story/ae936c8099fdcfb137860260afcee844. Accessed 6 September 2017.
CND. “The Effects of Nuclear Weapons.” Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 2017, www.cnduk.org/campaigns/global-abolition/effects-of-nuclear-weapons. Accessed 7 September 2017.
UNODA. “Nuclear Weapons – UNODA.” United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, 2017, www.un.org/disarmament/wmd/nuclear/. Accessed 6 September 2017.