Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The answer, according to some, is to pursue a "double freeze," in which North Korea freezes its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea freezing their joint military exercises.In accepting a double freeze, the U.S. would essentially be rewarding North Korea for ceasing activities that are already in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.In 1994, when the U.S. and North Korea last agreed to a freeze on North Korea's plutonium production, Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, quickly broke the deal, embarking on a secret uranium program.China is reluctant to squeeze North Korea, because it fears that doing so could lead to the collapse of the Kim regime, and the loss of its strategic buffer against the U.S.If China truly does want a peaceful resolution to the escalating nuclear crisis, it should address the two key weaknesses of the double-freeze solution, proposing a detailed, intrusive and stringent verification regime and committing itself to serve as the principal enforcer of the agreement. China should make it clear that, were North Korea to violate the deal, it would immediately lose all of the protection and support it receives.
The lasting tragedy of Tiananmen Square
The closing of the Chinese mind has profound implications
High costs of new cold war between the U.S. and China
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE