English_Master June 7, 2016 No Comments
NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST With the proclamation of the success of its first underground nuclear test on October 9, 2006, the Kim Jong II-led DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has become the eighth country on the planet to join the ranks of nuclear weapon States. As per the official announcement, the underground test was “conducted with indigenous wisdom and technology, 100 percent” and hails it as “a historic event” that will “contribute to defending the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the area around it.” Evidently, the eyesore of the Bush administration seems to have literally stirred the hornet’s nest without taking cognizance of the insidious fallouts that it might bear upon the future course of global nuclear power agenda and diplomacy, hitherto dominated by the US and a select few. Even countries beyond the domain of American influence, including China and the two neighbours of North Korea, Japan and South Korea, have reacted sharply to the nuclear test, which they visualize as a clear breach of international commitments. The magnitude of perturbation and panic underlying the volley of reactions erupting in the wake of North Korea’s intrepid venture reminds one of a situation when a naughty kid sitting on the back of a bull...
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